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2019 Cannes Film Festival: Pioneer Lebanese Oscar-Nominated Director Talks Women in Motion

CANNES, France (FNN NEWS) – Nadine Labaki made history last year as the first Lebanese female filmmaker to ever be nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign language film category for Capernaum. This year, she is president of the prestigious Un Certain Regard competition at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, which runs parallel with the competition for the coveted Palm d’Or. She spoke about what it means to be a woman in film for luxury brand group Kering’s “Women In Motion” event Thursday.

Lebanese film director Nadine Labaki, president of this year's Un Certain Regard competition, on the red carpet before Kering's "Women In Motion" interview during the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Patience Eding/Another Concept Magazine/Florida National News.

Lebanese film director Nadine Labaki, president of this year’s Un Certain Regard competition, on the red carpet before Kering’s “Women In Motion” interview during the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Patience Eding/Another Concept Magazine/Florida National News.

Kering, an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival, launched “Women In Motion” five years ago to highlight women’s contribution to the film industry. This year, Kering, which owns iconic international luxury brands including Gucci, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, offered its sincere thanks to all the award winners, along with the extraordinary women and men who have made it a platform of choice for those who wish to change people’s mindsets.

Nadine Labaki answers in-depth questions on what it means to be a woman in film during the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Patience Eding/Another Concept Magazine/Florida National News.

Nadine Labaki answers in-depth questions on what it means to be a woman in film during the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Patience Eding/Another Concept Magazine/Florida National News.

 

Only 5 women have been nominated for best director since each of these awards were created.

  • Only one woman has won the Oscar for Best Director in 91 years: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2010)
  • Only one woman has won the Palme d’Or in 71 years: Jane Campion for The Piano (1993)
  • Only one woman has won the Golden Globe for Best Director in 76 years: Barbara Streisand for Yentl (1984)
  • Only one woman has won the César for Best Director in 44 years: Tonie Marshall for Vénus Beauté (Institut) (2000)

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Patience Eding is Publisher of Another Concept Magazine, an international affiliate with Florida National News. She is on location in Cannes for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. | social@floridanationalnews.com

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