caramel

Caramel (Sekkar banat)

2007

Running Time: 97 min

Director:
Nadine Labaki

Screenplay:
Nadine Labaki
Jihad Hojeily
Rodney El Haddad

Producer:
Anne-Dominique Toussaint

Director of Photography:
Yves Sehnaoui

Editor:
Laure Gardette

Line Producer:
Stéphane Riga

Co-Producer:
Rémi Burah

Casting:
Abla Khoury

Production Design:
Cynthia Zahar

Costume Design:
Caroline Labaki

Music:
Khaled Mouzannar


Cast

Nadine Labaki – Layale
Adel Karam – Youssef
Yasmine Al Masri – Nisrine
Joanna Moukarzel – Rima
Gisèle Aouad – Jamal
Siham Haddad – Rose
Aziza Semaan – Lili
Fatmeh Safa – Siham
Ismail Antar – Bassam
Fadia Stella – Christine
Dimitri Staneofski – Charles


Synopsis

In Beirut, five women meet regularly in a beauty salon, a colourful and sensual microcosm of the city where several generations come into contact, talk and confide in each other.
Layale loves Rabih, but Rabih is married. Nisrine is Muslim and her forthcoming marriage poses a problem: she is no longer a virgin. Rima is tormented by her attraction to women and especially to this lovely client with long hair. Jamale is refusing to grow old.
Rose has sacrificed her life to take care of her elderly sister.
In the salon, their intimate and liberated conversations revolve around men, sex and motherhood, between haircuts and sugar waxing with caramel.


Festivals and Awards

Directors’ Fortnight 2007 – Official Selection
San Sebastian Film Festival 2007 – Youth Award
San Sebastian Film Festival 2007 – TCM Audience Award
San Sebastian Film Festival 2007 – Sebastiane Award
Oslo Films from the South Festival 2007 – Best Feature
Middle East International film festival 2007 – Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year for Nadine Labaki
Middle East International film festival 2007 – Abu Dhabi Black Pearl for Best Actress for Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Masri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisele Aouad, Siham Haddad and Asiza Semaan