Costa Brava, Lebanon

Costa Brava, Lebanon

Greek Premiere

The free-spirited Badri family have escaped the toxic pollution and social unrest of Beirut by seeking refuge in the utopic mountain home they have built. But unexpectedly, a garbage landfill is built right outside their fence, bringing the trash and corruption of a whole country to their doorstep. As the landfill rises, so do tensions between leaving or resisting, threatening their idyllic home and family unity. A highly anticipated film articulating with a darkly comic commentary on the realities of modern-day Lebanon.

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Direction: Mounia Akl
Script: Mounia Akl, Clara Roquet
Cinematography: Joe Saade
Editing: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Cyril Aris
Sound: Rana Eid, Peter Albrechtsen, Rawad Hobeika
Music: Nathan Larson
Actors: Nadine Labaki, Saleh Bakri, Nadia Charbel, Ceana Restom, Yumna Marwan, Liliane Chacar Khoury, François Nour
Production: Abbout Productions
Producers: Myriam Sassine, Georges Schoucair, Jeff Skoll, Anikah McLaren, Fouad Mikati, Candice Abela Mikati, Karam Abulhusn, Monique Dib, Lara El Khoury, Elie Tabet, Harriet Harper Jones (executive producers)
Co-production: Cinema Defacto, Lastor Media, Fox in the Snow Films, Snowglobe, Barentsfilm, Gaïjin
Co-producers: Sophie Erbs, Sergi Moreno, Olivier Guerpillon, Ingrid Lill Høgtun, Katrin Pors, Tom Dercourt, Tono Folguera, Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin, Joakim Rang Strand
Costumes: Beatrice Harb
Production Design: Thomas Bremer, Issa Kandil
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Lebanon, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Qatar
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 108'
Contact: mk2

Mounia Akl

Mounia Akl is an award-winning Lebanese filmmaker. Her short film Submarine (2016) was in the Official Selection of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation), SXSW, TIFF, and Dubai Film Festival where it won the Muhr Jury Prize. In 2017, Mounia took part in the Lebanon Factory and co-directed the short film El Gran Libano which opened Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and screened at BFI London among others. Costa Brava, Lebanon was developed during the Cannes’ Cinéfondation Residency. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from ALBA and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. She has taught film directing at the NHSI Film Summer Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago.


2017 El Gran Lebanon (short)
2019 Do not Disturb (TV, short doc)
2021 Costa Brava, Lebanon