Oscar-nominated director Nadine Labaki stars in new Lebanese movie
The Oscar-nominated director and the darling of last year's Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki is once again hitting up your big screen but this time as an actress.
She stars in the new movie 1982, directed by filmmaker Oualid Mouanness, that follows the story of an 11-year-old boy who tries to tell a classmate he loves her but gets caught up in airstrikes that hit Beirut at the start of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. It will be screen at the Toronto Film Festival in the coming weeks.
The film's director Mouanness told The National: “It’s completely autobiographical. It is actually based on my last day of school in Lebanon, in 1982, before we had to leave the country. The film in its entirety takes place in one location, in the school, during the course of one day, and that school is in the mountains in Lebanon.”
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which takes place between the 5-15 September.
Her movie Capernaum was nominated for a BAFTA and an Academy Award. It’s no secret that the making of Capernaum was a long process - the team researched over three years, filmed for six months, then edited during the following two years, making it an epic five-year journey. She's also divulged that she’s working on a documentary about the "Capernaum adventure".
Nadine Labaki made history as the first Arab female filmmaker to ever be nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign language film category in 2019.
Labaki's film, Capernaum, gaves Lebanon back-to-back foreign-language nomination following Ziad Doueiri's The Insult, which was nominated in 2018.