Costa Brava, Lebanon (2021)

  • Contemporary World Cinema, Directed by Women
  • 1h 46m
  • Denmark, France, Lebanon, Norway, Qatar, Spain, Sweden

In near-future Lebanon’s last remaining green space, the Badri family has built their idyllic mountain home to escape the overflowing garbage and toxic pollution of Beirut. Surrounded by lush rolling hills, the family of five live in relative peace until the youngest spots strangers in the valley. The president’s political aides have arrived to announce the construction of a new, “green” landfill just beyond the family’s fence. Familiar with the president’s brand of political corruption, both Soraya (Nadine Labaki) and Walid (Saleh Bakri) know it is only a matter of time until they begin burning garbage here, too, making the Badris’ serene home unlivable. Exacerbated by the impending threat to their home, lingering stresses reveal long-ignored rifts in relationships and adolescent yearnings that have only been increased by the family’s social isolation.

The ensemble cast portraying three generations of Badris are irresistible, as are their unique bonds and strategic alliances. Seasoned performances complement the impressive introductions of newcomers Nadia Charbel, who plays Tala, and young twins Ceana and Geana Restom, who play Rim.

Writer-director Mounia Akl’s alluring debut is a confident allegory for modern-day Lebanon — one that’s ever evolving amidst the still-unfolding COVID-19 pandemic and following the Beirut explosion in August 2020 that left hundreds dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Navigating the tension of letting go, Costa Brava, Lebanon is, at its core, a lesson in how and when to hold on.

NATALEAH HUNTER-YOUNG

Director

Mounia Akl

International Sales Agent

mk2 Films

Screenwriter

Mounia Akl

Screenwriter

Clara Roquet

Cinematographer

Joe Saade

Editor

Cyril Aris

Production Designer

Thomas Bremer

Production Designer

Issa Kandil

Composer of Original Score

Nathan Larson

Sound

Rana Eid

Executive Producer

Anikah McLaren

Executive Producer

Fouad Mikati

Executive Producer

Candice Abela Mikati

Executive Producer

Karam Abulhusn

Executive Producer

Monique Dib

Executive Producer

Jeff Skoll

Executive Producer

Harriet Harper Jones

Executive Producer

Lara El Khoury

Executive Producer

Elie Tabet

Producer

Myriam Sassine

US Sales Agent

Participant

Language

Arabic

Captions

English

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