11 March 2008

06 March 2008

Caramel- Best Lebanese Movie (2007)

The film premiered on May 20 at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, in the Directors' Fortnight section .It ran for the Caméra d'or.

Caramel was distributed in over 40 countries, easily becoming the most internationally acclaimed and exposed Lebanese film to date. Audiences around the world have embraced the simple but effective story of five Lebanese women tackling with forbidden love, binding traditions, repressed sexuality, the struggle to accept the natural process of age, and duty vs. desire. Labaki's film is unique for not showcasing a war-ravaged Beirut but rather a warm and inviting exotic locale where people deal with univeral issues.

The title Caramel refers to an epilation method used in the Middle East that consists of heating sugar, water and lemon juice. Labaki also symbolically implies the "idea of sweet and salt, sweet and sour" and showcases that everyday relations can sometimes be sticky but ultimately the sisterhood shared between the central female characters prevails.

The shooting of Caramel ended just 9 days before the Israeli war against Lebanon in July 2006, and was released exactly one year after the shooting began in Cannes. An old clothes shop in the Beirut District of Gemmayze was transformed into a salon where the shooting of the film took place. Caroline Labaki, Nadine's sister, was the one responsible for Costume Design. The music was composed by Khaled Mouzanar. Shortly after the movie release, Labaki married him.

The film is Lebanon's official submission to the 80th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

Directors' Fortnight selection 2007.
San Sebastian Film Festival Youth Award 2007.
San Sebastian Film Festival TCM Audience Award 2007.
San Sebastian Film Festival Sebastiane Award 2007.
Abu Dhabi Black Pearl for Best Actress for Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Masri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisele Aouad, Siham Haddad and Asiza Semaan during the Middle east International film festival 2007.
Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year for Nadine Labaki during the Middle East International film festival 2007.

Best Feature film in Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2007.
Achievement in Directing for Nadine Labaki in Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2007.
Performance by an actress for Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Masri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisele Aouad, Siham Haddad & Asiza Semaan in Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2007.

05 March 2008

NEW Born (Sarry Jaber)

Love .... More thas a word

Love feels no burden,
thinks nothing of trouble,
attempts what is above its strength,
pleads no excuse of impossibility...
It is therefore able to undertake all things,
and it completes many things,
and warrants them to take effect,
where he who does not love would faint and lie down.

Love is watchful and sleeping, slumbereth not.
Though weary, it is not tired;
though pressed, it is not straitened;
though alarmed, it is not confounded...
- Thomas A. Kempis -

28 February 2008

This is Me

Should i worry for 2moro?
am i living today to worry for 2moro?
the answer is NO. i'm not living as wish to be. few are..
i miss friends who left away and i cant reach....
i miss love thats seem to be impossible to have or even give...
i miss the smile on a child's face.....
i miss hope that died in the sad eyes....
i miss myself ....
can i come again to life?
time is good enough to change things