This week, Picturehouse Cinemas screened Nadine Labaki’s Oscar-nominated film Capharnaüm to an audience of UNHCR Goodwill ambassadors, including Cate Blanchett. The Lebanese director was pictured with the Australian actress on Instagram, following the UNHCR screening of the politically-charged drama in London.
Meanwhile, the film is scheduled for general release in the United Kingdom from February 22, for those who missed exclusive special preview of the film on Monday.
Following Caramel, her debut film about a Beirut beauty parlor and Where Do We Go Now?, about a group of women who look at ending sectarian violence in their village, Capharnaüm tells the story of a destitute boy living in Beirut. The plot unwinds as he takes his parents to court, for bringing him up in a despondent existence. Touching on the subjects of the mistreatment of children, modern slavery, and immigrant workers, it is politically-charged.
The film has garnered critical acclaim, receiving a 15-minute standing ovation after its Cannes Film Festival premiere. The standing ovation set the precedent for Lebanese actor, writer, and director who walked away with the prestigious Jury Prize.
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Meanwhile, the acclaimed film has gone on to earn an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category and for Best Film Not in the English Language at the upcoming 2019 BAFTA Awards. The film, which has found a fan in Oprah Winfrey (she dubbed it “compelling”) was nominated for the the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards and 2019 Golden Globe Awards as well.
“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.”