Costa Brava, Lebanon


Pop's Art Theater Rochester Sat, May 7, 2022 4:45 PM
The Main 4 Sat, May 14, 2022 7:10 PM
The Main 4 Thu, May 19, 2022 7:10 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Emerging Filmmaker Competition
Family Drama
Culture & Society
Women Directors
Climate Change
Release Year:2021
Runtime:107 min
Festivals & Awards:Toronto IFF 2021 - Netpac Award
El Gouna FF - FIPRESCI award for debut film and the Green Star award
Cinemad Montpellier - Prix de la Critique BNP Paribas + Prix JAM de la meilleure musique
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival - Young Jury Award
Seville European FF - Grand Jury Prize
Geneva IFF - Reflet d'Or Award
Print Source:MK2 Films / Participant
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
Cinematographer:Joe Saade
Screenwriter:Mounia Akl
Clara Roquet
Editor:Carlos Marques-Marcet
Cyril Aris
Composer:Nathan Larson
Principal Cast:Nadine Labaki
Saleh Bakri
Nadia Charbel
Ceana Restom
Geana Restom
Yumna Marwan
Liliane Chacar Khoury
François Nour


The Badri family lives a difficult but satisfying life in Lebanon’s lush hills, off the grid, raising food and a healthy family. Having abandoned Beirut and its toxic mix of pollution and politics, they seem now to have found a home. Until the building of a landfill exposes long-simmering tensions.

This family of five has grown accustomed to quiet and hard work. So when the youngest child sees strangers in the distance, the family is wary to say the least. Soon, representatives from the corrupt government are nearby, and promise the family that this new landfill will be an environmentally friendly one. But the parents, Soraya (Nadine Labaki) and Walid (Saleh Bakri) have had first hand experience with such lies, and they know their home will soon be unlivable. Realism meets magical-realism in Mounia Akl’s moving drama. Lebanon’s official entry for Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards.

Director Biography

Joe Saade

Mounia Akl was born in Lebanon and studied directing at Columbia University. She directed the shorts “Beirut, I Love You (I Love You Not)” (2009), “Cheers, to those Who Stay” (2010) “Anoesis” (2011), “Christine” (2014) “Eva” (14) “Submarine” (2016) and “El Gran Libano” (2017). Costa Brava, Lebanon (2021) is her debut feature.