You have decided: 'Capharnaüm', the Lebanese Oscar submission by director Nadine Labaki, wins the North Sea Port Audience Award. After eleven festival days, during which around 150 movies were screened, the emotionally convincing film received the highest praise of the audience.
In 'Capharnaüm', Nadine Labaki investigates the harsh reality of abandoned street children without papers. The main character, twelve-year-old Zain, ran away from home and tries to survive in the suburbs of Beirut. He decides to sue his parents because they gave him life in such a miserable environment. The impressive acting performances and Labaki's direct approach make 'Capharnaüm' an authentic, emotionally convincing film.
The North Sea Port Audience Award is calculated through a voting system in which every audience member is able to give a score to each screening they attend. The award comes with a distribution fee of €5.000 for the Belgian distributor, together with a media campaign worth €12.000. The film will be released on 28 november in Belgian venues by Cinéart.
The top five of the North Sea Port Audience Award is completed by 'Eldorado' in second place, 'Carmen y Lola' in third place and the opening and closing film of Film Fest Gent, 'Girl' and 'Beautiful Boy', in fourth and fifth place.