You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Nadine Labaki’s ‘Capernaum’ Selected by Lebanon for Foreign-Language Oscar Race

Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” the winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, has been selected by Lebanon as its candidate for the upcoming foreign-language Oscar race.

Capernaum,” which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics ahead of its world premiere at Cannes, features mostly non-professional actors and tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, Zein, who takes his parents to court “for giving me life” in a world of pain and suffering.

“Capernaum” was written by Labaki, along with Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Kesrouani, Georges Khabbaz and Labaki’s husband, Khaled Mouzanar, who also produced the film and composed the music. The movie opens in Lebanon on Thursday. Sony Pictures Classics will release it in the U.S. on Dec. 14. SPC had previously handled “Where Do We Go Now?”, Labaki’s 2011 film.

In its review, Variety said “Capernaum” tackled its subject matter “with intelligence and heart,” and called Labaki “an astonishingly accomplished director of non-professional performers, as well as a measured storyteller.”

Last year’s Oscar entry from Lebanon, Ziad Doueiri’s “The Insult,” earned a nomination.

Other recent submissions for the foreign-language Oscar category include Carlos Diegues’ “The Great Mystical Circus,” a drama based on a 1938 poem by Jorge de Lima, which stars Vincent Cassel, from Brazil; Janez Burger’s “Ivan” from Slovenia; Ilian Djevelekov’s “Omnipresent” from Bulgaria; Yasmine Chouikh’s romantic drama “Until the End of Time” from Algeria; and Vahid Jalilvand’s Venice 2017 award-winning film “No Date, No Signature” from Iran.

More Film

  • FiGa Films Nets ‘Fireflies,’ Unveils Exclusive

    FiGa Films Nets ‘Fireflies’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” the winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, has been selected by Lebanon as its candidate for the upcoming foreign-language Oscar race. “Capernaum,” which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics ahead of its world premiere at Cannes, features mostly non-professional actors and tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, […]

  • Analyzing the Disney and Fox Film

    Disney and Fox Film Merger Could Be Heavy on Drama (Analysis)

    Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” the winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, has been selected by Lebanon as its candidate for the upcoming foreign-language Oscar race. “Capernaum,” which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics ahead of its world premiere at Cannes, features mostly non-professional actors and tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, […]

  • Annie Lennox Among Additions to Music

    Annie Lennox, 'Westside' Team Join Variety's Music for Screens Summit

    Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” the winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, has been selected by Lebanon as its candidate for the upcoming foreign-language Oscar race. “Capernaum,” which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics ahead of its world premiere at Cannes, features mostly non-professional actors and tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, […]

  • Marc Maron70th Primetime Emmy Awards -

    Marc Maron Joins Mark Wahlberg in Netflix's 'Wonderland' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” the winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, has been selected by Lebanon as its candidate for the upcoming foreign-language Oscar race. “Capernaum,” which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics ahead of its world premiere at Cannes, features mostly non-professional actors and tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, […]

  • elizabeth gabler emma watts

    Emma Watts, Elizabeth Gabler, Fox Searchlight Heads Joining Disney

    Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” the winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, has been selected by Lebanon as its candidate for the upcoming foreign-language Oscar race. “Capernaum,” which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics ahead of its world premiere at Cannes, features mostly non-professional actors and tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, […]

  • Post Malone

    Post Malone and Swae Lee Drop New Song ‘Sunflower’ From ‘Spider-Man’ Soundtrack

    Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” the winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, has been selected by Lebanon as its candidate for the upcoming foreign-language Oscar race. “Capernaum,” which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics ahead of its world premiere at Cannes, features mostly non-professional actors and tells the story of a 12-year-old boy, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content