Chaired by Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki, the Jury of 3 women and 2 men will reveal its prizewinners on Friday, May 24 during the Un Certain Regard closing ceremony.
Nadine Labaki – Director & actress / Lebanon
After graduating in audiovisual studies from the University of Beirut, she directed adverts and music videos that frequently won awards. In 2004, she embarked on a Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation Residency to write and develop Caramel, her first feature film, shot two years later and showcased at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2007. This joyous, rebellious ode to female camaraderie was distributed worldwide and became the most successful Lebanese film export of all time. Nadine Labaki continued to explore the female condition and religious tensions in Where Do We Go Now?, a bold, universal fable on tolerance that premiered at Un Certain Regard in 2011. In 2018, Nadine Labaki was selected for Competition with her powerfully moving Capernaum, a poignant manifesto on damaged childhood, refugees and the cracks in a society that turns its back on humanity, which sent shockwaves around the Croisette. Nadine Labaki won the Jury Prize, that year chaired by Cate Blanchett, and gave an unforgettable speech accompanied by young actor and Syrian refugee, Zain Al Rafeea. Nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Capernaum made its Lebanese director the first woman from the Arabic-speaking world to be nominated in this category.
Marina Foïs – Actress / France
Marina Foïs began her acting career on stage, first by herself and then with the « Robin des Bois » troupe. After Dominique Farrugia noticed the troupe in 1996, it came to represent a new era of French comedy. Marina Foïs went on to appear in films both comic and dramatic. She was nominated in 2003 for the César for Most Promising Actress in Filles perdues, cheveux gras. Then for Best Actress in 2008 for Darling, 2012 for Polisse, which had premiered in Cannes Competition 2011, again in 2017 for Irréprochable and in 2018 for L’Atelier, which had premiered in Un Certain Regard 2017. She appeared in the 2018 Gilles Lellouche comedy Le Grand Bain (Cannes 2018) and the Antoine Raimbault drama Une Intime Conviction. On stage, Marina Foïs portrayed Hervé Guibert for several months in « Les Idoles » by Christophe Honoré, which earned her a nomination for this year’s Molière Awards.
Nurhan Sekerci-Porst – Producer / Germany
Nurhan Şekerci-Porst has been working with scriptwriter, director and producer Fatih Akin since 2005. First as a tutor on Akin’s side at the HFBK University and later for his production company Corazón International which produced several awarded films such as Crossing the Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul, The Edge of Heaven, Soul Kitchen and Takva. In 2012 she co-founded with Fatih Akin the production company Bombero International and produced The Cut and In the Fade, which premiered at the Festival de Cannes in 2017 and won the Award for Best Actress (Diane Kruger) and also the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 2018.
Lisandro Alonso – Director / Argentina
Born in 1975 in Buenos Aires, Lisandro Alonso studied for three years at the Universidad del Cine. After co-directing his first short film Dos En La Vereda in 1995, he worked as an assistant director and sound designer until 2000. His first feature film, La Libertad, which focuses on the relationship between a lonely lumberjack and his environment, premiered in Un Certain Regard. After creating his own production company 4L, Alonso returned to Cannes in 2004 with Los Muertos, which premiered in the Directors Fortnight. Two years later, he completed his trilogy with Fantasma. In 2008, the director decided to lean toward a more fictional approach with Liverpool, following a young sailor looking for his mother in the lost villages of Tierra del Fuego. Five years later, Jauja, set in 19th century Denmark and Argentina and starring Academy Award-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen, won the FIPRESCI award in the section Un Certain Regard.
Lukas Dhont – Director / Belgium
Lukas Dhont was born in Ghent, Belgium where he earned a degree in Audio-Visual Arts from the KASK Conservatorium. His short films Corps Perdu and L’Infini received numerous prizes. Throughout his studies, he focused on fiction but also explored the possibilities of documentary. In 2016 Lukas Dhont participated in the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence with the script of his first feature film Girl. The film combined themes the filmmaker had already examined, including dance, transformation and identity. Girl was awarded the Caméra d’or for best first feature at Cannes on its 2018 premiere in Un Certain Regard. Lukas Dhont is currently working on his second feature film.
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