Lebanon, WE REPRESENT! Finally!
Nadine Labaki’s new movie, set for a Thursday release in Lebanon, has shocked everyone by winning the People’s Choice Award for best movie at the Toronto Film Festival. To put this in perspective, Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech won this award before their Academy Award rampage.
This festival is renowned for picking movies that end up winning big in award shows, so my hope for a Lebanese nomination for Nadine’s movie at the Oscars has suddenly exponentially increased.
Telling the story of the women of a closely-knit town, where people of both Christian and Muslim faith coexist, trying to keep their town united, the movie debuted at Cannes without winning anything there. However, it came out on top at this festival beating other movies like George Clooney’s The Descendants, thought by many to be his best work to date and Sundance winner Like Crazy.
Is anyone suddenly more excited than they could possibly be to watch the movie Thursday? Cause I sure can’t wait for Thursday to come.
And if the movie is as good as some Lebanese who already watched the movie in Paris are saying, I think we’re all in for a treat.
For my review of the movie, click here.