Labaki is also the only woman director in the foreign-language film category. 23. "Capernaum" is on Oscar's shortlist for foreign-language film, with nominations to be unveiled Jan. The Globes ceremony will be Jan. 6, and the Globes nom marks the second ever for the director’s home country of Lebanon. And it’s all men in the Globes' best-director race, meaning Labaki has a notable (but lonely) distinction.
As a mother, she said she felt a visceral connection with many of the film's female characters, especially in the ways they interacted with their children or expressed their views about the world. Labaki's instinct also carried over into the filmmaking process. And although the characters were also quite different in other ways, she said it was important that she could help enrich the film by incorporating her own experience as a woman.
“I do have this sort of pride being a woman director among all these amazing filmmakers,” she said. “But of course there’s this other surprise when you feel like you’re the only one, when I know that there are so many women making films that are so interesting and so very important out there.”
You see a different point of view of the world and you see different sensibilities,” she said of female-directed films. Though thankful for the recognition, Labaki emphasized the importance of acknowledging more female directors. “I think it’s very healthy.” “You see the woman behind it.
It was something bigger than us, and life, in a way, was interfering with the picture that we wrote.” “We sensed that we were not just making a film, it was something beyond this. “Sometimes you have this instinct that what you’re doing is really on the right path and you have this instinct that whatever is happening in front of your eyes has a certain meaning,” she said.
“I think sometimes it’s very instinctive, and it’s very subconscious. We don’t really need to talk.”” /> “There are codes that we understand as women and that we pick up and that we understand and that we reflect unconsciously,” she said. It’s a secret code between women, and we understand each other.
With its jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum” made history, and with its current Golden Globes nod for best foreign language motion picture, the film is on its way to marking further milestones.
Labaki said she knew she was working on something special. “Capernaum,” distributed by Sony Classics, follows a young boy who sues his parents over his birth; the production relied upon a relatively small budget and a largely inexperienced cast of non-professional actors.

After "The Wolfpack" which revolved around six brothers who lived confined in a New York housing project, Moselle continued to work with non-professionals for "Skate Kitchen," leading them to deliver performances that felt completely authentic. "I'm obsessed with authentic realism and when I work with non-actors I feel that I can make them virgins of themselves," said Moselle, who is based in New York.
Moselle is also developing a high-profile TV series and a documentary which she teased as being "about the future but set now."
For her next feature, Mozaffari, who is half Iranian and half Canadian, will be tackling her dual identity. "I want to touch on my experience as a half Iranian teenage girl growing up in Toronto," said Mozaffari.
"I like that age because there is an inherent conflict," she added. The director said she was interested in making films exploring "the intersection of race, gender and sexuality." Like "Firecrackers," her project will portray teenagers.
Although "Firecrackers" is not directly inspired by her life, Mozaffari said the film was "grounded in something that's real" and reflects the "overt oppression" and "internalized misogyny" that many women experience.
"My dad was a crazy hippie," said Moselle, who is a San Francisco native. The project, which she has started writing with her father, takes place in the '70s in the Bay Area and is set in the hippie community. Moselle, who has her hands full with exciting projects, said her next feature — which is in early development — will take her into a new direction (not only geographically) and will likely be headlined by well-known actors.
"Firecrackers" director Jasmin Mozaffari and "Skate Kitchen" helmer Crystal Moselle, who won Stockholm Film Festival's best film and debut, respectively, sat with Variety after the awards ceremony on Friday to discuss their next projects.
Other Stockholm festival winners included Lebanese helmer Nadine Labaki who picked up the best screenplay prize with "Caparnaum"; German filmmaker Eva Trobisch who won best director with "All Good"; and Brazilian writer-director Beatriz Seigner who won the Impact Award with “Los Silencios.”” /> Moselle and Mozaffari were two of the many women who nabbed awards at this year's Stockholm Film Festival, which is headed by Git Scheynius.
The timely coming-of-age drama follows two best friends who plot a revenge against an abusive ex who violated one of them and cross a point of no return. Another promising North American helmer, Mozaffari made her feature debut with "Firecrackers," which world premiered at Toronto and won Stockholm Festival's best film and best actress for Michaela Kurimsky.
Moselle is an up-and-coming filmmaker who already boasts an impressive track record, having won Sundance's Grand Jury Prize with her 2015 documentary "The Wolfpack," and this year's Sundance Audience Prize with her narrative debut "Skate Kitchen," a vibrant, naturalistic portrait of an all-female, multiracial skater crew in Manhattan's Lower East Side.