September 22, 2021

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Nadine Labaki ‘Costa Brava, Lebanon’, ‘Cultural Resistance’

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The recent directed effort by Lebanese multi-hyphenate Nadine Labaki, the Oscar-nominated “Capernhum”, shed light on Beirut’s frustration before the explosion in her city by the largest non-nuclear explosion recorded last year. He is in Venice this year as the first feature of Maunia Wisdom as an actor “Costa Brava, Lebanon”, which started shooting two months after the explosion against all odds, also averted the epidemic and Lebanon’s economic collapse.

The powerful film, shown in Venice Horizons, features Labaki and Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri (“The Bands Visit”) playing Soraya and Walid, a couple who have left Beirut with their children, in a Lebanese mountain, for an isolated life. One day the government decided to build a garbage landfill right next to their house. Talked to Labaki Diversity How important it was for him to return to his film which says a lot about the plight of his country, but also speaks to the world. Quotes.

“Costa Brava” begins with a shot at the port of Beirut. I can’t think of its symbolic significance.

It made it very emotional for all of us who were part of this movie. Crew, actors, Lebanese people who attended the Venice screening. I think it was a very emotional journey. This is not just another movie. It is actually what we are going through, and it reflects what we are doing now. Conflict and love / hate relationship with our country; Our struggles and hesitations in our feelings. Will we stay Shall we leave? How long are we willing to stay and resist? What can you do in this situation? Can you isolate yourself as a family in the movie? Or should you leave the country because you need to survive and protect your conscience? Or should you just plunge into chaos and try to be part of change and change, even though you may lose yourself?

Then there is also a purely environmental aspect that can be moved away from the country’s context.

Well, many people around the world are living in this self-sustaining, self-sufficient way. Moving away from cities and returning to nature. Many people are experiencing this new way of life. But we The struggle between these two lifestyles. Do we do that? [go back to nature] And stay open and connected to the world, or do we go back to the way we lived, with pollution and traffic, tall buildings and cement and plastic? We have gone too far from the real thing and nature. I think overall this is a big question that we need to start asking ourselves.

Looks like you’re personally going through this struggle in real life.

I I am very familiar with Soraya. My family and I decided to live in the countryside. We live in a cabin in the woods, we grow our own vegetables and fruits, we have chickens and goats, we make our own cheese. We live very similar lives [to the family in the film]. It was very normal for me to have her. It was a work of resistance. We are not going to surrender to the zombie state we were in and just pick up the pieces and start working again, because it is our duty. Cultural resistance in Lebanon is the only thing that is going to save us.

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