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New Award-Winning Lebanese Film Caramel Opens in Theatres Soon

posted on: Jan 18, 2008

Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki’s new film CARAMEL, a new award-winning Middle Eastern film (from Lebanon), will open in February with distribution to theaters throughout the United States.

The critically acclaimed film was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival this past year, Caramel went on to win the Audience Award at The San Sebastian Film Festival. It is Lebanon’s Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards next month.

The film centers around five women whose lives intersect in a beauty salon, a colorful and sensual microcosm of Beirut. The salon is a place where several generations come into contact, talk and confide in each other. Between haircuts and sugar waxing with caramel, they engage in intimate and liberated conversations that reveal their joys and fears surrounding men, sex and motherhood.
The upcoming release of Caramel marks one of the widest U.S. theatrical releases of a film from an Arab nation in recent years. Supporting this film sends a message to the film industry that there is a viable market for films from this part of the world.

It also affords those outside the Arab-American community an opportunity to gain a wider perspective on a region of the world that most know far too little about. Films like Caramel remind us that our similarities oftentimes vastly outweigh our differences.

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