Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki joins jury for both Venice & Toronto film fests

August 13, 2023

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Lebanese filmmaker and actress Nadine Labaki has been announced as a jury member for the 80th Venice International Film Festival, to take place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9.

She will be joined by French Cesar-winning actor and producer Elsa Zylberstein, Mexican actor and Oscar nominee Yalitza Aparicio, British-Nigerian screenwriter Misan Sagay and renowned Italian director Stefano Savona.

According to Variety, Labaki and the team will assess the films’ artistic creativity, their relevance in the global political climate, their potential to challenge audience perspectives on the issues presented and their potential to inspire audiences to take action.

Labaki will also be a jury member for the 48th Toronto International Film Festival, to take place from Sept. 7-17. She will serve on the TIFF Platform jury alongside Academy Award-winning American filmmaker Barry Jenkins and Canadian Platform Prize-winning filmmaker Anthony Shim.

Labaki s a Lebanese actress, director and activist. Labaki first came into the spotlight as an actress in the early 2000s. Her debut film Caramel premiered at the Cannes 2007 Film Festival. Her movies depict the daily lives of Lebanese, and they cover a range of issues such as politics, war, poverty, and feminism. She is the first female Arab director to be nominated for an Oscar in the category for Best Foreign Language Film for Capernaum in 2018.

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