Cannes Un Certain Regard jury president Nadine Labaki as she appeared in her film Caramel Photo: Unifrance
The Lebanese director, actress and screenwriter, succeeds Benicio Del Toro in the role. Her three feature films all bowed at the Cannes film Festival. She has the distinction of being the first Arab female filmmaker to be nominated for an Oscar.
Nadine Labaki, Un Certain Regard jury president Photo: Fares Sokhn
"Today, I am the President of the Un Certain Regard Jury, which just goes to show that sometimes life can be even better than your dreams. I can't wait to see the films in the Selection. I can't wait to debate and discuss, to be shaken up, to find inspiration in other artists' work.”
Capernaum which means chaos in Arabic, tells of a 12-year-old boy, Zain, who lives in a Beirut slum and whose parents are incapable of taking care of him. Having run away from home, he lives for a while with an illegal immigrant from Ethiopia. Labaki worked with a cast of non-professionals.
In 2004, she took advantage of a Residency at the Festival de Cannes to write Caramel, her first feature film, which she made two years later. It was first presented at Directors’ Fortnight in 2007 and then screened all over the world, going on to become the biggest international hit in Lebanese film history. Labaki returned to Cannes in 2011 with Where Do We Go Now?, a bold and universal parable on tolerance.
The Cannes Film Festival whose programme launch is scheduled for the middle of April, runs from 14 to 25 May.