It was a big moment for Lebanon this weekend as the country’s talented and beautiful film director Nadine Labaki walked off with the coveted Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The win makes it the second time for a director from the Middle East to win a Cannes competition, and Labaki the first Arab woman to receive the award. The wonderful news comes a few days after her winning movie Capernaum got a fifteen-minute standing ovation at its Cannes premiere. The story shines the spotlight on the region’s neglected children, telling the tale of a rebellious teen who sues his parents for having him.
The Middle Eastern Films Debuting at Cannes