Lebanese award winning director Nadine Labaki’s latest film “Capharnaum” is the first announced film to be participating as a part of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which takes off on 6 September and will last for 10 days.
The film tells the story of a 12-year old Lebanese boy who files a suit against his parents for bringing him to life while they cannot afford to take good care of him. “The political heartbreaking story,” as TIFF’s official website describes it, “takes audience to the details of children who are living on the fringes of the Lebanese society.”
Capharnaum previously won the Jury Prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, leading Labaki to be the first Arab director with an award at the festival.
It stars Labaki, along with Zain Al Rafeea, Fadi Yousef, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawthar Al Haddad, and Yordanos Shifera.
The film was previously nominated for several awards, including the Palme d’Or. It was also nominated for five other awards in the main competition of the Cannes Film Festival.
Labaki previously won the People’s Choice Award in 2011 for her film “W Hala’ Lawein?” (Where Do We Go Now?).