According to Variety, Labaki had been chosen after “moving hearts and minds at the last Festival de Cannes with Capernaum, which won the Jury Prize” back in 2018.
We’re totally not surprised as this new career feat for the actress-cum-director has proven her stamina, strength and sheer talent at movie-making since her other films, Caramel and Where Do We Go Now? stirred audiences from around the world.
Speaking on her new role, Labaki said, “I can’t wait to debate and discuss, to be shaken up, to find inspiration in other artists’ work.” And she’s definitely having a pinch-me moment as she also declared that, “It [just] goes to show that sometimes life can be even better than your dreams”.
Labaki succeeds Benicio Del Toro as president of the jury of the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Un Certain Regard screenings start on 15 May and the winners will be announced on 24 May.