Shortly after joining Oprah Winfrey for lunch in Montecito, California, Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki received the “Cinema For Peace” award for Capharnaüm in Berlin last week wearing a figure-flattering design from Beirut fashion house Azzi & Osta. The black, strapless gown, which was plucked from the design duo’s spring 2019 offering, featured a sculptural bodice and a high, split at the front. She paired the look with matching black heels and a stack of bracelets.
The Capharnaüm director has looked extra dazzling during the awards season circuit. Her politically-charged film, which has been nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics Choice Award, and an Oscar, saw Labaki embrace elegant gowns on the red carpet. Relying heavily on looks from Lebanese designers, particularly Elie Saab, Labaki’s effortlessly glamorous style is a sartorial way of honoring her roots.
The film tells the story of a 12-year-old protagonist named Zain (played by Syrian refugee Zain Al Rafeea), who lives in poverty and has decided to sue his parents for conceiving him. Having escaped from his parents after they sold his sister to the landlord, he ends up living in a shack with Rahil, an Ethiopian woman played by Yordanos Shiferaw, babysitting her one-year-old child. The Oscar-nominated film is set to show in the UAE from March 15-29 at Dubai’s independant arthouse cinema, Cinema Akil in Al Serkal Avenue.