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SFFILM Festival

Costa Brava, Lebanon

Directed by Mounia Akl

Lebanon | 106

30 Apr
Sat, Apr 30, 2022 at 5:30 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Mounia Akl is expected to attend.


Set in the near future but reflecting on current crises in present-day Lebanon, this tense debut portrays three generations of the Badri family who retreated from the chaos of Beirut to a rural homestead. Eight years later, internal and external familial tensions rise just as the government responds to a garbage crisis by annexing property adjacent to theirs for a “green landfill.” Husband Walid and his wife Soraya bicker over the raising of their two children and how to address the trash being dumped just over their fence while aging matriarch Zeina’s health begins to decline. As detritus piles up both literally and metaphorically, the Badris are forced to decide whether to fight the government and stay put or leave the home they’ve created and rejoin the larger society in Beirut.

Director Mounia Akl

Lebanese filmmaker Mounia Akl received her MFA in directing from Columbia University and divides her time between her home country and the United States. Among her short films is the prize-winning Submarine (2017). She wrote, directed, and starred in a television series, Beirut, I Love You (2011-2012), and contributed to the anthology film Lebanon Factory (2017). Her inaugural feature, Costa Brava, Lebanon, took the audience prize at the London Film Festival and won the NETPAC Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.



Film Details

Language Arabic

Year 2021

Premiere Bay Area

Runtime 106

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

Director Mounia Akl

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

Producer Myriam Sassine, Georges Schoucair, Co-Producers: Sophie Erbs, Sergi Moreno, Olivier Guerpillon, Ingrid Lill H gtun, Katrin Pors, Tom Dercourt, Tono Folguera, Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin, Joakim Rang Strand

Writer Mounia Akl, Co-Writer: Clara Roquet

Editor Carlos Marques-Marcet, Cyril Aris

Cinematographer Joe Saade

Music Nathan Larson

Cast Nadine Labaki, Saleh Bakri, Nadia Charbel

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.