Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Capernaum (Chaos), the story of gutsy and vulnerable 12 year old Zain had won hearts across the Middle East, Europe and now it has hit China.
Nearly a year after it created a storm in the world of film by being nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best foreign-language film, Capernaum has made over $25 million in China within its first week of screening alone!
Amazing feat for the Lebanese film industry!
Being titled “Where is Home” in Chinese, Capernaum director Nadine Labaki wanted to show the real struggles that people, especially children face, amidst conflict and violence.
She describes the conception of the film, “… children are really paying a very high price for our conflicts, and our wars, and our systems, and our stupid decisions, and governments. I felt the need to talk about the problem, and I was thinking, if those children could talk, or could express themselves, what would they say?”
Hats off to Labiki!
The monetary figures are not the only testimonials for the success of the film in China but the public have undoubtedly fallen for the story and struggle of young Zain.
It has received an 8.7/10 rating from Douban a Chinese social networking service website that allows registered users to record information and create content related to film, books, music and other events.