Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Costa Brava, Lebanona dark and comic tale set against the backdrop of the current political and environmental crisis in Lebanon.
Mounia Akl’s directorial debut, which premiered last year in the Orizzonti Extra side section of Venice, stars actress/director Nadine Labaki (Capernaum) and Saleh Bakri (The group visit). Kino Lorber is planning a theatrical release for Costa Brava, Lebanon the 15th of July.
Aki’s cross-generational family story centers on the free-spirited Badri clan, who, in an effort to escape Beirut’s toxic pollution and social unrest, construct an off-the-grid mini-utopia. But the world intervenes when the Lebanese government begins construction of a garbage dump right in front of their fence. The trash and corruption of the country is literally brought to their doorstep. The Badris are forced to either stay true to their ideals and live outside the system, or leave their idyllic mountain home and step into the reality they fled. Nadia Charbel, Liliane Chacar Khoury and Geana and Ceana Restom co-star.
Costa Brava, Lebanon was produced by Myriam Sassine and Georges Schoucair for Abbout Productions. Set up as A Lebanese, French, Spanish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian co-production, was produced by Jeff Skoll, Anikah McLaren, Fouad Mikati, Candice Abela Mikati, Karam Abulhusn, Monique Dib, Lara El Khoury, Elie Tabet and Harriet Harper Jones. The co-producers are Cinema Defacto, Lastor Media, Fox in the Snow Films, Snowglobe, Barentsfilm, Gaïjin and Boo Pictures.
“Costa Brava, Lebanon captures the joys and frustrations of a close-knit family with an intimacy that feels surprisingly natural, and sets it against a heavily drawn backdrop of environmental protest and pollution,” said Wendy Lidell, Senior Vice President of Kino Lorber. “Although this is her feature debut, Mounia Akl’s gift with actors is evident in the sensitively directed performances she elicits from her cast, which includes fellow actress and award-winning filmmaker Nadine Labaki.”
The case for Costa Brava, Lebanon was negotiated by Lidell with Rob Williams of Participant and WME Independent on behalf of the filmmakers. The French company mk2 films manages the international sales of the title.