The Lebanese filmmaker put Arab cinema in the spotlight in the past months through ‘Capernaum‘, which was nominated for a BAFTA and an Academy Award. She is now coming back into the screen as an actress with her upcoming film 1982.
Directed by first-time filmmaker Oualid Mouanness, 1982 follows the story of an 11-year-old boy who tries to confess his love to his classmate but gets caught up in airstrikes that hit Beirut at the start of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Labaki will be seen playing the role of a distressed schoolteacher Yasmeen who is caught in the middle of the 1982 Siege of Beirut.
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من الأفلام العربية المشاركة في مهرجان تورونتو لأول مرة عالميًا هذا العام، الفيلم اللبناني "1982" للمخرج وليد مؤنس، وتلعب بطولته نادين لبكي. #ادعم_السينما_العربية One of this year's Arab films at #TIFF19 is Lebanese film 1982, directed by Oualid Mouaness and starring @NadineLabaki. #SupportArabCinema
The film’s director Mouanness told The National: “It’s completely autobiographical. It is actually based on my last day of school in Lebanon, in 1982, before we had to leave the country. The film in its entirety takes place in one location, in the school, during the course of one day, and that school is in the mountains in Lebanon.” The Lebanese film will be screened at the Toronto Film Festival which will take place from September 5 to September 15 in Canada.