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Interview: Mounia Akl - Costa Brava, Lebanon


Interview: Mounia Akl – Costa Brava, Lebanon

Interview: Mounia Akl – Costa Brava, Lebanon

Arriving at TIFF after having premiered at the Venice Film Festival, first-time Lebanese filmmaker Mounia Akl who actually penned the screenplay with Clara Roquet and is premiering only months apart from Roquet’s launch of Libertad in the Cannes’ Critics’ Week  section. Akl explores the perplexing psyche of country via a family collective — tension really does exist a bit everywhere …even in safe spaces.

Costa Brava, Lebanon was developed during the Cannes’ Cinéfondation Residency and took part of the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters and Director’s Labs and comes we a lot of support. The notion of support is at the heart of this dramatic text – one that isolates its characters and demonstrates how the family is a strong or stronger when civil disobedience is what is for dinner. I had the chance to sit down with the filmmaker (apologies for the rough cuts) to discuss the creation of the Badri family and actor Nadine Labaki and Saleh Bakri’s input in the film.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include 1976 (Manuela Martelli), Godland (Hlynur Pálmason), Corsage (Marie Kreutzer), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen).

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