COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON World Cinema

COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON

Following the theatrical screening, watch a special conversation with director Mounia Akl moderated by AFI FEST Programmer Julia Kipnis.

Lebanese filmmaker Mounia Akl makes a compelling feature debut with this whimsical family drama. Set in the near future, a close-knit family seeks refuge from the overlapping crises in Beirut of pollution, garbage pileups and social unrest by isolating in the remote mountains of Lebanon. Tensions arise when the government places a landfill directly next to their blissful property, forcing the family patriarch, Walid (Saleh Bakri), to lose his cool and his sanity. AFI FEST directing alum Nadine Labaki (CARAMEL, CAPERNAUM) captivates as Walid’s better half, the famed ex-songstress, Souraya, who is protective, yet liberal, with her two daughters – the precocious Rim and the burgeoning Tala. COSTA BRAVA is a charming tale that weaves family disputes and adolescent romance against the backdrop of waning revolutionary aspirations. –Julia Kipnis

Mounia Akl is an award-winning Lebanese filmmaker. She completed an MFA in directing from Columbia University. Her short film SUBMARINE (2016) screened at the 69th Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation), SXSW and the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2017, Akl co-directed the short film EL GRAN LIBANO which opened Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

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Details

Country: Lebanon, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Qatar

Year: 2021

Director: Mounia Akl

Screenwriters: Mounia Akl, Clara Roquet

Producers: Myriam Sassine, Georges Schoucair

Executive Producers: Jeff Skoll, Anikah McLaren, Fouad Mikati, Candice Abela Mikati, Karam Abulhusn, Monique Dib, Lara El Khoury, Elie Tabet, Harriet Harper Jones

Director of Photography: Joe Saade

Editors: Cyril Aris, Carlos Marques Marcet

Production Designers: Thomas Bremer, Issa Kandil

Music: Nathan Larson

Cast/Featuring: Nadine Labaki, Saleh Bakri, Nadia Charbel, Ceana and Geana Restom, Yumna Marwan, Liliane Chacar Khoury, François Nour

Running Time (minutes): 106

Language: Arabic

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Arab Media and Film Institute

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