Nadine Labaki has been named the president of the Un Certain Regard jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Labaki’s third feature Capernaum screened in Competition at Cannes last year, winning the jury prize. The film went on to best foreign- language film nominations at the Bifas, Golden Globes, Baftas and Academy Awards.
Labaki’s first feature Caramel was written and developed through the Cannes Cinéfondation Residency in 2004 and premiered in Directors’ Fortnight in 2007.
Her second film Where Do We Go Now? played in Un Certain Regard in 2011.
“It seems like yesterday, but it was 15 years ago that I filled in the Festival de Cannes’ Cinéfondation registration form, my heart full of hope and my hand shaking. Today, I am the President of the Un Certain Regard Jury, which just goes to show that sometimes life can be even better than your dreams” Labaki said.
The 72nd Cannes Film Festival will begin on Tuesday May 14 and run until Saturday May 25. Un Certain Regard screenings will begin on Wednesday May 15, with the winners announced on Friday May 24.