Nadine Labaki’s multiple award-winning film Capernaum (‘Chaos’) won the 2018 Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar. Set in Beirut’s slums, it follows a 12-year-old boy (played by a Syrian child refugee) who runs away from parents who cannot cope. Living on the streets, he forms a bond with an undocumented Ethiopian migrant and her baby son. Jailed for a crime, the boy sues his parents for bringing him into the world. The Lebanese actor and filmmaker speaks to Maya Jaggi about filming with non-professional actors in the toughest neighbourhoods, the challenges of holding a mirror up to society, and a sparkling career in film. This talk will be followed later the same evening by a Gala performance of Khaled Mouzanar’s music from Capernaum.
NADINE LABAKI is an actor and filmmaker who graduated in audiovisual studies from the University of Beirut. Her first feature, Caramel (2007), an ode to female friendship developed through a Cinéfondation Residency at the Cannes Film Festival, was showcased at the Directors’ Fortnight, and became Lebanon’s most successful film export. Where Do We Go Now? (2011), a fable about religious tensions and tolerance, premiered at Cannes in Un Certain Regard. After Rio, I Love You (segment ‘O Milagre’) (2014), she spent five years making Capernaum (2018), which won the Jury Prize at Cannes and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. This year she became the first Arab jury president of Un Certain Regard at Cannes. She has been a jury member at the Venice, Sundance and Tribeca film Festivals, and of the Palme d’Or at Cannes. She is a French Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters.
MAYA JAGGI is Director and co-presenter of Suoni dal Golfo’s Sea of Stories on the Gulf of Poets. A writer, critic, cultural journalist, consultant and artistic director in London, where she was born, she has reported from five continents and interviewed 14 Nobel prizewinners among hundreds of cultural figures, from Günter Grass and Umberto Eco to Salman Rushdie and Edward Said. Her writing on global art, literature and music appears in the Financial Times, New York Review of Books, New York Times and Words Without Borders – where she is Critic at Large – and she contributes to the BBC. She was a leading profile writer and critic for the Guardian newspaper’s Review in 1999-2015, and is ‘one of Britain’s most respected arts journalists,’ according to the Open University, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2012. She has been an Associate Fellow of Warwick University, a DAAD Arts and Media Fellow in Berlin and an EU Senior Expert in Cultural Journalism in post-Soviet Europe. She holds degrees from Oxford University and the London School of Economics.
This conversation is part of the Lebanese focus of Sea of Stories on the Gulf of Poets. The talk will be in English with simultaneous translation into Italian.
This evening is free entry/entrata gratis