Nadine Labaki’s latest film Capharnaüm won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival. She is the first director from the Middle East to win a Cannes competition award in 12 years! The movie follows 12-year-old Zain who lives in a slum in Lebanon. He is suing his parents for giving him life when they knew they couldn’t cover his basic necessities such as food, safety, and even a state I.D. card. According to a
, the budget of the film was $4 million. One thousand people contributed to the production of the film. Wild Bunch, a European film distribution and international sales company, will distribute Capharnaüm in 60 countries. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American and Latin American rights. In fact, the company distributed Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?” which premiered in Cannes in 2011. These are the other companies that bought the rights to Capharnaüm:
Gaumont – France
Lucky Red – Italy
Kino Films – Japan
Scanbox Entertainment – Scandinavia
Cinéart – Benelux
Road Pictures – China
Picturehouse – UK
Capharnaüm is going global! That’s a great accomplishment for the Lebanese movie industry!
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