Academy Award-nominated director Nadine Labaki will head the Un Certain Regard Jury as President at this year’s 2019 Cannes Film Festival. After an non-stop, exciting year of experiencing the success of her latest film Capernaum, including both an Academy Award-nomination and Golden Globe-nomination, one can only imagine how incredible this proud moment must feel for her to be selected to head the Un Certain Regard Jury.
“I remember back when I used to come to Cannes as a film student, I was so excited to experience the world’s most prestigious festival,” Nadine stated. “Back then, it seemed so out of reach to me. I remember getting up early in the morning and the endless queues to get a ticket. It seems like yesterday, but it was fifteen years ago that I filled in the Festival de Cannes’ Cinéfondation registration form, my heart full of hope and my hand shaking. 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. ”
Born in Lebanon, actress, screenwriter and director Nadine Labaki wisely selected to take part in a Festival de Cannes Residency after graduating in Audiovisuale studies from Beirut University. This was in 2004. It was during this time that she wrote her first feature film, the Lebanese international sensation Caramel. Her debut film was first presented at Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors Fortnight in 2007.
In 2011, Nadine Labaki returned to the Cannes Film Festival with the premiere of the wore-torn, satirical tale Et Maintenant on Va Ou? (Where Do We Go?). This film went on to receive the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival in 2011.
This last year has been a whirlwind of excitement for Nadine Labaki. Her most recent film Capernaum was selected to premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and to compete for the illustrious Palme d’Or award. At Cannes, Capernaum received a 15 minute standing ovation after it’s premiere and earned her the Jury Prize. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Capernaum and has won the hearts of many with this intimate, emotional piece of cinema.
And now, Nadine Labaki will be joining the 2019 Cannes Festival Un Certain Regard Jury as President succeeding actor Benicio del Toro. Since 1978, the Un Certain Regard section has been a platform for non-traditional cinema sharing stories through various different styles and vision. As President of the Un Certain Regard Jury, Nadine’s role will include watching the films from this year’s selection and lead the jury in selecting which films will be winners announced on May 24th, at the end of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.