Boluwatife Treasure Bankole (left) and Zain Al Rafeea (right) in a scene fom Nadine Labaki's “Capharnaum.” Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival.
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Lebanese director Nadine Labaki's "Capharnaum" looks to be a favorite for the winning at Cannes Film Festival, following a 15-minute standing ovation after the Thursday premiere of her highly anticipated new film.Labaki's drama is in competition, alongside 20 other works, for the international festival's prestigious Palme d'Or.Many viewers took to social media following the "Capharnaum" premiere to praise Labaki for her new film, which has already racked up a string of distribution deals. Labaki – who appeared emotional, swept up in the moment – was surrounded by the film's cast and her husband, Lebanese music composer Khaled Mouzanar.The film is reportedly fully Lebanese-produced, and was written by Labaki, Jihad Hojeily and Michelle Keserwany, in collaboration with Georges Khabbaz. Labaki's other films tend to focus on social issues.Labaki may just be the next to achieve such feats.
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