Cannes Film Fest 2019: Nadine (Capernahum) Labaki, President of Certain Regard Jury

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, winner of Jury Prize for Capernaum, will be taking over from actor Benicio Del Toro as President of the Un Certain Regard Jury for the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Fest.

Director Nadine Labaki at Women in Film at Variety 10 to Watch at Stein Erickson on January 21, 2008 in Park City, Utah.
2008 Park City – Women in Film at Variety Top 10 Directors to Watch
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January 21, 2008
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Nadine Labaki’s three feature films catapulted her to international fame, from the Festival de Cannes’ red carpet to the Oscars ceremony a few months ago. The director, actress and screenwriter’s career was first launched on the Croisette, and it is here that all her films have been unveiled.

“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,” she 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’ CinĂ©fondation 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.”