Costa Brava Lebanon
The Badri family, including parents, two kids, and grandma, flee from the noise and pollution of downtown Beirut and seek refuge in an idyllic summer house in the countryside. The picturesque surroundings, peace and quiet are all threatened when the authorities decide to establish a landfill bordering on the property. The family meet any and all promises of an “environment friendly” operation with skepticism, and their suspicions are soon proven to be right.
The debris of the big city that keeps haunting the Badris even in the peaceful countryside, is used to shed light on the very real, long-standing waste crisis of Lebanon. Of course, the filmmakers have ensured the production of this film has followed a green protocol to keep it as eco-friendly as possible. However, Costa Brava, Lebanon remains a portrait of a family more than anything. Nadine Labaki, both a star actor and the director of Oscar-nominated feature film Capernaum (2018), plays one of the leads. The past, present, and future of Lebanon are embodied in the three generations of Badris living side by side in the summer house, while director Mounia Akl weaves a tale which packs both a political sting and elements of magical realism. A very impressive debut feature.
This text is from the Films from the South Festival, where the film had its Scandinavian Premiere.
"A terrific debut from Mounia Akl set in a Lebanese mountain idyll (...) Works both as a compelling domestic drama and an elegant political allegory"
"Her [director Mounia Akl] film is partly magical, partly real, but total fiction (...) Akl isn’t a humorless sort and finds laughs wherever she can. For a movie about government incompetence married to government malfeasance, Costa Brava, Lebanon is surprisingly funny."
Director Mounia Akl
Producer Myriam Sassine & Georges Schoucair
Production Company Abbout Productions
Norwegian co-producer Ingrid-Lill Høgtun
Norwegian co-production company Barentsfilm
Runtime 1h 46m