The official statement on the Cannes’ website reads:
“After moving hearts and minds at the last Festival de Cannes with her Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated Capernaum, which won the Jury Prize in Cannes, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki will be taking over from actor Benicio Del Toro as President of the Un Certain Regard Jury for the 72nd edition of the Festival.”
Labaki is no stranger to the French festival of Cannes. All three of her films premiered and won awards there. In 2007, her debut film Caramel premiered at the 60th Cannes Festival.
Only four years later, her second feature film Wa Halla’ La Wein (i.e. Where Do We Go Now?) was the only Lebanese and Arab film participating in Un Certain Regard and won the François Chalais Prize at the 2011 Cannes Festival.