First Feature Competition
Costa Brava Lebanon
The simmering tension of unresolved disputes contrasts with the electricity of first love in Mounia Akl’s dazzling debut, heralding a striking new cinematic voice.
Myriam Sassine, Georges Schoucair
Mounia Akl, Clara Roquet
Nadine Labaki, Saleh Bakri, Nadia Charbel
Lebanon 2021. 106min
With English subtitles
In a Lebanon of the near future where the refuse crisis has made Beirut uninhabitable, the Badri family have created a sustainable idyll in the calm beauty of the mountains. But the government too sees the value of their verdant land and starts building a landfill on their doorstep. With the arrival of construction workers, rifts surface between Soraya (Nadine Labaki) and Walid (Saleh Bakri). And it doesn’t help that Walid’s mother Zeina welcomes the outside world with gusto. Meanwhile, having grown up wild, free and so close together, young Rim cannot grasp the changes afoot in her older sister Tala who is newly aware of her burgeoning sexuality. Emotions become explosive, but there is hope and even a hint of magic in the air.
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