Costa Brava, Lebanon
Directed by Mounia Akl
Costa Brava, Lebanon captures the joys and frustrations of a close-knit family with an intimacy that feels startlingly natural, and sets them against a sharply drawn backdrop of environmental crisis. In the not-so-distant future, the free-spirited Badri family have escaped the toxic pollution and social unrest of Beirut by seeking refuge in an idyllic mountain home. Without warning, the government starts to build a garbage landfill right outside their fence, intruding on their domestic utopia and bringing the trash and corruption of a whole country to their doorstep. As the landfill rises, so does tension in the household, revealing a long-simmering division between those family members who wish to defend or abandon the mountain oasis they have built. Mounia Akl’s stunning feature debut premiered at Venice and won major prizes at the Toronto and BFI London Film Festivals. Her unique gift with actors is evident in the sensitively realized performances she elicits from her cast, which includes award-winning filmmaker Nadine Labaki (Capernaum) and celebrated actor Saleh Bakri (The Band’s Visit, Walid).
Reviews More Reviews
“Ambitious… smart and sensitive.”
“A stellar near-future family drama. A film worth savoring.”
"A terrific feature debut… works both as a compelling domestic drama and an elegant political allegory."
"Visually ripe and darkly funny. Akl comes out swinging as the next big thing in Middle Eastern cinema."
“Nadine Labaki and Saleh Bakri shine. Evokes a sense of encroaching disaster… and the exasperation of one family trying at all costs to hold onto what they’ve built.”
“A thoughtful and compassionate portrait of a family caught up in an environmental crisis.”
“A masterpiece. Beautiful, soulful and important”
"A heartfelt charmer."
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|All Saints Cinema / Tallahassee Film Society||Tallahassee||FL||1659672000August 5 - October 7, 2022|
|Arab American National Museum||Dearborn||MI||1660276800August 12 - August 22, 2022|
|ByTowne Cinema||Ottawa||ON||1658462400July 22 - July 31, 2022|
|Cine Culture||Fresno||CA||1663732800September 21 - October 31, 2022|
|CineCulture||Clovis||CA||1665374400October 10 - October 15, 2022|
|Cinema Public||Montreal||QC||1662696000September 9 - September 16, 2022|
|Cleveland Cinematheque||Cleveland||OH||1658462400July 22 - September 23, 2022|
|Coral Gables Art Cinema||Coral Gables||FL||1660276800August 12 - August 19, 2022|
|Detroit Institute of Arts||Detroit||MI||1665201600October 8 - October 10, 2022|
|Digital Gym Cinema||San Diego||CA||1660881600August 19 - September 2, 2022|
|Eckerd College Film Series||St. Petersburg||FL||1668142800November 11, 2022|
|Guild Cinema||Albuquerque||NM||1660622400August 16 - August 19, 2022|
|Laemmle Theatres||Los Angeles||CA||1658462400July 22 - August 26, 2022|
|Lake Worth Playhouse||Lake Worth||FL||1660276800August 12 - August 19, 2022|
|Look Dine-in Cinema Tampa||Tampa||FL||1660363200August 13 - August 22, 2022|
|Lumiere Cinema||Los Angeles||CA||1659067200July 29 - August 12, 2022|
|Quad Cinema||New York||NY||1657857600July 15 - August 5, 2022|
|Redlands Art Association||Redlands||CA||1666756800October 26 - October 28, 2022|
|Revue Cinema||Toronto||ON||1660276800August 12 - August 17, 2022|
|SIFF Film Center||Seattle||WA||1662696000September 9 - September 12, 2022|
|Smith Rafael Film Center||San Rafael||CA||1662091200September 2 - September 19, 2022|
|The Garden Theater||Frankfort||MI||1666497600October 23, 2022|
|Time & Space Limited||Hudson||NY||1661572800August 27 - September 6, 2022|
|VIFF Centre||Vancouver||BC||1658462400July 22 - August 12, 2022|