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Nadine Labaki

Nadine Labaki

Biography

Award-winning filmmaker/actress Nadine Labaki was born in Lebanon, and grew up during the years of civil war, obtaining a degree in Audiovisual Studies in 1997 from Beirut’s Saint Joseph University. Her graduation film won the Best Short Film Award in Paris at the Biennale of Arab Cinema and she immediately moved into directing television commercials and music videos for popular artists in the Region, garnerning several awards.

In 2005, Nadine participated in the Cannes Film Festival Residence to write Caramel, her first feature. The film showcases a Beirut that most people are not familiar with. The project came to life; she directed and is a lead role in the film, which premiered at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight in 2007. Caramel was released theatrically over 60 countries. In 2008, Variety recognized her on their ‘10 Directors to Watch’ list and she received the Insignia of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture. Nadine’s second feature, Where More