BEIRUT: Lebanese actress and director Nadine Labaki won the Jury Award for her film Capharnaüm, at the reputable and honorable Cannes Film Festival.
Capharnaüm is an Arabic film about a 12-year-old boy named Zain, who is a victim of child abuse and neglect. He was born without a certificate, which urges him to sue his parents for bringing him to such unfortunate circumstances.
The film touched the hearts of many, and shed light on the chaotic lives of the many children whose reality is not so different from Zain’s.
Her film was also listed for the Palme d’Or, the prize however was given to Japanese film Manbiki Kazoku.
Prior to the Cannes award, the film caught the attention of many critics and was praised by them. It also received a long standing ovation on the day of its screening.
Other than Capharnaüm, Labaki has also directed and acted in some other films; Caramel, which was premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival; and Where Do We Go Now? Which was premiered as part of the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
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