Cannes, May, 22nd, 2018 (SIGNIS/INTERFILM). At the 71st Cannes Festival, the 2018 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to Capharnaüm by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon).
The film is about Zain, a 12-year-old boy suing his parents for giving him life. The Jury members said that “holding nothing back, the director meets the extreme plight of children with fearless humanity.” They added “throughout the Competition, it is women and children, the immigrants and outcasts, who have shown by their perseverance and ingenuity, love and courage, the full possibility of the human spirit.”
The Ecumenical Jury also gave a special commendation to Blackkklansman by Spike Lee (United States), for being “a wake-up call about continuing racism not only in the USA, but for the wider world. Told through humor and horror, this film condemns the misappropriation of religion in the cause of hatred.”
The Jury members were Inês MENDES GIL, (Portugal), Robert K. JOHNSTON (USA), Richard LEONARD (Australia), Alain le GOANVIC (France), Pierre-Auguste HENRY (France) and Thomas SCHÜPBACH (Switzerland).