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Nadine Labaki: a star in Ashrafieh

Nadine Labaki is from Baabdat, but she now lives in Ashrafieh, in a house near Tabaris.

Nadine Labaki, 38, has won the people's choice award at the Toronto international film festival 2011 for her most recent movie, "Where do we go now?" Her film also won the François Chalais Prize in Cannes that same year. She was a member of the Jury Orrizonte at La Mostra film festival in Venice a few weeks ago. Labaki is also the face of the new Johnnie Walker ‘Keep Walking’ advertisements. The whiskey brand's campaigns are aimed at exhibiting icons such as Bernard Khoury, the renowned Lebanese architect.

Nadine Labaki studied at the USJ, where she obtained a degree in audiovisual studies, directing her graduation film, 11 Rue Pasteur, in 1997, which won the Best Short Film Award at the Biennale of Arab Cinema at the Arab World Institute in Paris. In 1998 she attended a workshop in acting at the Cours Florent, also in the French capital. Then she began her career at just 24, directing music videos, short movies and commercials.

Her international career kicked off with her famous movie, ‘Caramel’ in 2006. Caramel was written in 2005, while Labaki was taking part in the Cannes Film Festival Residence.

Both of her films highlight the strength of women. ‘Caramel’ featured a Lesbian, a fiancé worried about not being a virgin before her wedding, and a young woman in love with a married man.

Within “Where do we go now?” the women are the ones preventing their village from falling into the chaos.

Nadine Labaki is married to the musician and singer Khaled Mouzanar, who composed the music of her movies.

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2012-10-05

Nadine Labaki is from Baabdat, but she now lives in Ashrafieh, in a house near Tabaris.

Nadine Labaki, 38, has won the people's choice award at the Toronto international film festival 2011 for her most recent movie, "Where do we go now?" Her film also won the François Chalais Prize in Cannes that same year. She was a member of the Jury Orrizonte at La Mostra film festival in Venice a few weeks ago. Labaki is also the face of the new Johnnie Walker ‘Keep Walking’ advertisements. The whiskey brand's campaigns are aimed at exhibiting icons such as Bernard Khoury, the renowned Lebanese architect.

Nadine Labaki studied at the USJ, where she obtained a degree in audiovisual studies, directing her graduation film, 11 Rue Pasteur, in 1997, which won the Best Short Film Award at the Biennale of Arab Cinema at the Arab World Institute in Paris. In 1998 she attended a workshop in acting at the Cours Florent, also in the French capital. Then she began her career at just 24, directing music videos, short movies and commercials.

Her international career kicked off with her famous movie, ‘Caramel’ in 2006. Caramel was written in 2005, while Labaki was taking part in the Cannes Film Festival Residence.

Both of her films highlight the strength of women. ‘Caramel’ featured a Lesbian, a fiancé worried about not being a virgin before her wedding, and a young woman in love with a married man.

Within “Where do we go now?” the women are the ones preventing their village from falling into the chaos.

Nadine Labaki is married to the musician and singer Khaled Mouzanar, who composed the music of her movies.

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