Berlinale

Caramel

Synopsis
A beauty salon in Beirut is the setting for the sensual romantic comedy Caramel. The salon is a lively and colourful micro cosmos in which various women meet and talk about their most important topics: their looks, the newest beauty treatments and men of course.
Layale owns the shop and works here with three colleagues. Beside work their complicated love lives rule their everyday lives. Layale loves Rabih, but Rabih’s married. Nisrine wants to get married, but how can she disguise in front of her future husband that she is no longer a virgin? Rima is attracted by women and Jamal doesn’t want to accept that she is growing old. And then there is Rose, the tailoress from next door, who sacrificed her life to taking care of her elderly sister and unexpectedly finds her very first love…


World Premiere
Cannes International Film Festival 2007, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Theatrical release in Germany
April 03, 2008

Awards
TCM-Audience Award / Youth Award San Sebastián 2007
Sebastiane 2007 Award
FIPRESCI Prize in Stockholm 2007
Black Pearl Award for Best Actress Middle East International Film Festival
Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year Award

Festivals
Cannes International Film Festival 2007
Toronto International Film Festival 2007
Copenhagen International Film Festival 2007
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2007
Rio Film Festival 2007
London Film Festival 2007
Official Lebanese Entry to the Academy Awards (Oscars) in the category Best Foreign Language Film

Lebanon 2007
Director: Nadine Labaki
Producers: Anne-Dominique Toussaint (France)
German Distributor: Alamode Film
World sales: Roissy Films SAS (France)

Funded in the WCF jury meetings in January 2008
Funding amount: 12,000 €