Participant is teaming up with main French gross sales agent MK2 Films and Endeavor Content to symbolize worldwide distribution rights on “Costa Brava, Lebanon,” the anticipated characteristic debut of Lebanese filmmaker Mounia Akl.
“Costa Brava, Lebanon” shall be headlined by Lebanese star and filmmaker Nadine Labaki (“Capernaum”), alongside Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri (“The Band’s Go to”). The pair will play a pair who determine to go away the poisonous air pollution of their dwelling metropolis of Beirut, hoping to construct a utopian existence in a pristine dwelling within the mountains. This dream life is shattered when a landfill is constructed proper exterior its fence, bringing the rubbish and corruption they hoped to go away behind to its door. Because the trash rises, so do the tensions of their good dwelling.
Akl, an alumni of Cannes’ Cinefondation, beforehand directed the critically-acclaimed quick movie “Submarine” in 2015. The scholar quick was nominated for a BAFTA and performed at Toronto and SXSW, amongst different festivals.
“Costa Brava, Lebanon” was co-written by Akl and Spanish filmmaker Clara Roquet (“El Adios”). The pair met whereas Akl was learning for an MFA in directing at Columbia College in New York, after which went on to develop the mission with the help of the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence, TorinoFilmLab and the Sundance Institute Labs.
Participant grew to become creatively concerned when the movie commenced manufacturing. Jeff Skoll and Anikah McLaren will govt produce on behalf of the Firm, together with Georges Schoucair and Myriam Sassine at Beirut-based Abbout Productions lead producing.
The film is co-produced by Sophie Erbs at Cinema Defacto (France), Katrin Pors at Snowglobe (Denmark), Olivier Guerpillon at Fox within the Snow (Sweden), Ingrid Lill Hogtun at Barentsfilm (Norway) and Sergi Moreno at Lastor Media (Spain).
“Mounia Akl’s ‘Costa Brava, Lebanon’ is an extremely gripping and well timed exposé of our world right this moment,” stated
Participant CEO David Linde.
“That is the movie we want proper now and Mounia is a brilliantly gifted filmmaker with a novel perspective on such a common story,” Linde added.
Fionnuala Jamison, managing director at MK2 Movies, stated the corporate was thrilled that “Participant have joined this journey, additional confirming the timeliness of the movie and the ability of Mounia Akl’s filmmaking and voice.”
MK2 Movies just lately partnered up with Participant to co-represent worldwide distribution rights on its documentary characteristic “Invisible Demons” which had its world premiere this week at Cannes.