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Nadine Labaki’s Capharnaüm is Up for Another Prestigious Award

Nadine Labaki wears Dress, Elie Saab. Photographed by Drew Jarrett for Vogue Arabia, October 2018

Nadine Labaki wears Dress, Elie Saab. Photographed by Drew Jarrett for Vogue Arabia, October 2018

Just days after Nadine Labaki‘s Capharnaüm earned a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Golden Globes, it’s been announced that the Lebanese director’s politically charged film is up for another prestigious award. The movie, which already took home this year’s Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, has just been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards, set to take place on January 13, 2019.

Capharnaüm will compete against contenders including Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, Hirokazu Koreeda’s Shoplifters, Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War, and Lee Chang-dong’s Burning. “Thank you Broadcast Film Critics’ Association,” wrote Labaki on Instagram. “This is such a wonderful honor.” The nomination marks Labaki’s second-ever nod for a Critics’ Choice Award, after earning a nomination in 2011 for Where Do We Go Now? It’s also Lebanon’s second nomination at the annual awards. Labaki is the only other Arab director to be recognized at the Critics’ Choice Awards, alongside Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour, who received a nod for Wadjda in 2013.

Capharnaüm tells the story of a neglected 12-year-old boy in Beirut, who takes his parents to court for giving him life in a world of pain and suffering. It received a 15-minute standing ovation following its premiere at Cannes in May. Labaki, who made her directorial debut with 2007’s critically acclaimed Caramel (in which she also played the lead role), is also hotly tipped to enter the Oscars race with Capharnaüm, with nominations set to be announced on January 22.

“Making movies is what I’m good at,” the director told Vogue Arabia during her cover interview this October. “Cinema is the means through which I can best express myself. I use it to limit the effects of the destruction all around us, and to assume my responsibility as a member of this society but also as an artist. I believe equally in the importance of the artist’s commitment to defend her society’s causes as I believe in cinema’s ability to effect change.”

Winners will be revealed at the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards gala on Sunday, January 13, 2019. See the full list of nominees here.

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