In the wake of the #MeToo movement and the gender inequity protest at Cannes 2018, Nadine Labaki’s win as a female director is truly iconic. The Historic win by Lebanese Filmmaker, makes her the first female Arab filmmaker to have won a grand prize at the Cannes 2018. Subsequently, Capernaum went on to be nominated for the highest honor – the Palme D’or.
Capernaum is an Arabic film about a 12 year old destitute boy named Zain, who is a victim of child abuse, poverty and neglect. Born without a certificate and left to his own devices – he eventually sues his parents for bringing him to such unfortunate circumstances. The film mainly featured non-professional actors living in circumstances much similar to the one depicted in the film.
Along with the prestigious Jury award in the third place – “Capernaum” also won a 15-minute standing ovation at its Cannes premiere. Labaki dedicated the award to her cast saying, “I really really think about them. I hope the film will enable the voices of these children to be better heard and trigger a debate.”
While her previous films, ‘Caramel’ and ‘Where Do We Go Now’ earned her rave reviews in Cannes in the previous years, Capernaum has etched her name forever in the history of Lebanese Cinema.
Here’s a glimpse of the film