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Mounia Akl

Director

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Olivia Gray , Alex Rusher

Mounia Akl is a Lebanese Director and Writer. She has just completed her feature film COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON co-written with Clara Roquet and produced by Abbout Productions, which featured at the Venice Film Festival 2021 as part of Horizons Extra. It also featured at Toronto International Film Festival where the 2021 NETPAC Jury selected Costa Brava, Lebanon, as this year’s NETPAC winner. The 2021 NETPAC jury members included Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Isabelle Glachant and Elhum Shakerifar. “Costa Brava, Lebanon – an exquisite intergenerational family story – is an ode to sustainable futures by visionary new talent, Mounia Akl from her precious and troubled country,” said the NETPAC jury’s statement. Costa Brava is the recipient of London Film Festival’s Audience Award 2021.

With this project, she was selected to participate in the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs, the Cannes Cinefondation Residency, the Tribeca Film Institute and the Torino Film Lab.

Her short film, Submarine, was in the Official Selection of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation), had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its MENA Premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize.

After Submarine, Mounia was chosen by the Directors’ Fortnight to represent Lebanon at the 70th Cannes Film festival as part of Lebanon factory. She co-wrote and co-directed with Costa Rican director Neto Villalobos and their film “El Gran Libano” opened the Directors’ Fortnight on May 18, 2017 then went on to screen at the BFI and the Sarajevo Film Festival.

When it comes to TV, Mounia is in development for TV show “2020 Women” with co-writers Clara Roquet, Francisca Alegria, and Fernanda Urejola. In recent years, Mounia directed the episode Forbidden Love in London of the Do Not Disturb Series, produced by Pulse Films and Jude Law, for Blackpills. It was the first time she had gone back to TV since her web/TV show in 2010, her first film school, Beirut I love You, which she co-created, co-directed, co-starred in, and ran on prime time on LBC for 40 episodes.

Credits

FEATURE FILM
Date: 2021
Production (role):
COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON
Company:
Abbout Productions
Project details:
Co-written with Clara Roquet

Winner of London Film Festival Audience Award 2021
Official Selection: Venice Film Festival 2021 as part of Horizons Extra
Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs
Cannes Cinefondation Residency
Tribeca Film Institute
Torino Film Lab

The 2021 NETPAC Jury selected Costa Brava, Lebanon, as this year’s NETPAC winner. The 2021 NETPAC jury members included Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Isabelle Glachant and Elhum Shakerifar. “Costa Brava, Lebanon – an exquisite intergenerational family story – is an ode to sustainable futures by visionary new talent, Mounia Akl from her precious and troubled country,” said the NETPAC jury’s statement.
SHORT FILM
Date: 2016
Production (role):
SUBMARINE
Company:
Produced by Cyril Aris and Jinane Chaaya
Project details:
Co-written with Clara Roquet

Official Selection of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation)
North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival
MENA Premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival: Winner of Jury Prize
Date: 2017
Production (role):
EL GRAN LIBANO
Company:
Prod. Dominique Wellinski & Abbout Productions
Project details:
Co-written and co-directed with Neto Villalobos

Opened the Directors' Fortnight on May 18, 2017
Screened by BFI and the Sarajevo Film Festival
TELEVISION
Date: 2019
Production (role):
DO NOT DISTURB
Company:
Pulse Films & Jude Law/ Blackpills
Project details:
Season 1, Episode 4 - Director (Forbidden Love in London)
Date: 2010
Production (role):
BEIRUT I LOVE YOU
Co-created & co-directed
Company:
LBC
Project details:
20-somethings living in Beirut as they attempt to balance work, love, and life.
IN DEVELOPMENT
Production (role):
2020 WOMEN
Project details:
Original TV Development with co-writers Clara Roquet, Francisca Alegria, and Fernanda Urejola

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2021
    Production (role): COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON
    Company: Abbout Productions
    Project details: Co-written with Clara Roquet

    Winner of London Film Festival Audience Award 2021
    Official Selection: Venice Film Festival 2021 as part of Horizons Extra
    Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs
    Cannes Cinefondation Residency
    Tribeca Film Institute
    Torino Film Lab

    The 2021 NETPAC Jury selected Costa Brava, Lebanon, as this year’s NETPAC winner. The 2021 NETPAC jury members included Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Isabelle Glachant and Elhum Shakerifar. “Costa Brava, Lebanon – an exquisite intergenerational family story – is an ode to sustainable futures by visionary new talent, Mounia Akl from her precious and troubled country,” said the NETPAC jury’s statement.
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): SUBMARINE
    Company: Produced by Cyril Aris and Jinane Chaaya
    Project details: Co-written with Clara Roquet

    Official Selection of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation)
    North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival
    MENA Premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival: Winner of Jury Prize
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): EL GRAN LIBANO
    Company: Prod. Dominique Wellinski & Abbout Productions
    Project details: Co-written and co-directed with Neto Villalobos

    Opened the Directors' Fortnight on May 18, 2017
    Screened by BFI and the Sarajevo Film Festival
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2019
    Production (role): DO NOT DISTURB
    Company: Pulse Films & Jude Law/ Blackpills
    Project details: Season 1, Episode 4 - Director (Forbidden Love in London)
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): BEIRUT I LOVE YOU
    Co-created & co-directed
    Company: LBC
    Project details: 20-somethings living in Beirut as they attempt to balance work, love, and life.
  • Production (role)
    Project details
  • Production (role): 2020 WOMEN
    Project details: Original TV Development with co-writers Clara Roquet, Francisca Alegria, and Fernanda Urejola