Labaki, Lebanese producer Khaled Mouzanar and child actor Rafeea pose with the trophy at the festival.
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Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki became the first Arab woman to win a major prize at the Cannes Film Festival, taking home the Jury Prize for her heartbreaking drama "Capharnaum". At the awards ceremony Saturday, Labaki dedicated her third-place prize to her impoverished amateur cast and her homeland.As only the second Arab woman to have had a film competing for the Palme d'Or, many had hoped that "Capharnaum" would win the prestigious first prize this year, with the festival taking special notice of its male-dominated history. The 15-minute standing ovation following its Thursday premiere also gave promise for the Palme d'Or, which was instead awarded to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Shoplifters". While her tale is fictional, many of the characters and situations were inspired by people Labaki had met or events she witnessed. Labaki's own experience of motherhood – having started shooting just after the birth of her second daughter – allowed her to craft some of the more emotive scenes, featuring baby Yonas, who Zain has to care for after the child's migrant mother is arrested.
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