EXCLUSIVE: Award-winning filmmaker and actress Nadine Labaki has signed with CAA in all areas. She doesn’t get here until next week, but this has already been a strong Cannes for Labaki. Yesterday, her new film Capernaum sold in a seven-figure deal to Sony Pictures Classics before it is to premiere Thursday in competition for the Palme d’Or. Sales on the film are being brokered by CAA Media Finance and Wild Bunch.
Labaki is a Lebanese actress-turned-director who will be bringing her third film to Cannes. That started with her directorial debut Caramel, which she also wrote and co-starred in, and which premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, in the Directors’ Fortnight section. It was also Lebanon’s official Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Film. She directed and starred in her second feature, Where Do We go Now?, which also premiered at Cannes and won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival before it went on to become the highest-grossing Lebanese and Arabic-language film, to date.
She continues to be represented in France by Art Media Agency.
Her new film focuses on a 12-year-old boy (Zain Alrafeea) in a fictitious Middle Eastern village who sues his parents for bringing him into a world of such suffering. Khaled Mouzanar produced.