El Gran Libano
a film by Mounia Akl and Neto Villalobos
20 min - 2017 - Lebanon / France
When hungover Bassem wakes up by the lake shore among his dead fishes, his sister Youmna, who he hasn’t seen for 12 years, is there, with a coffin.
Mounia Akl is a director and writer from Lebanon living between Beirut and New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from ALBA and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. Apart from directing, Mounia has taught lm directing at the NHSI lm summer institute at Northwestern University, Chicago and was a preceptor in Screenwriting at Columbia University, New York. Her previous work includes four short lms, two web series and recently Lights, an omnibus feature lm made of 6 chapters directed by 6 directors, including herself, from Breaking Wave Pictures, a collective she co-founded in New York. Her short lm, Submarine, was in the of cial selection of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in the Cinefondation category. It had its North American premiere at the Toronto (TIFF) and its MENA one at Dubai (DIFF) where it won the Muhr Jury Prize. Submarine was awarded the James Bridges production grant and the Kodak Motion Picture Product Grant. She is currently writing her feature lm The Most Beautiful Place In The World with Spanish co-writer Clara Roquet.
Neto Villalobos was born in San José, Costa Rica. He graduated with a degree in Sociology and later majored in Film Direction in Barcelona. Besides his short lms and videoclips he has participated in workshops such as “How to Tell a Story?” by Gabriel García Márquez, Rotterdam Lab and Berlinale and Buenos Aires Talent Campus. His rst feature lm Por las Plumas (All About the Feathers) was premiered in Toronto IFF and San Sebastian IFF and traveled around the world. Neto is currently working on two projects: producing an experimental documentary supported by Tribeca Film Institute, Jamón, and post producing his 2nd feature lm Cascos Indomables (Untamed Helmets) which was developed at Cannes Cinéfondation Residency, 3 Puertos Cine, Paris Coproduction Village, Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Produire aud Sud and 27th Rencontres de Toulouse where it won the Cinéma Développement - BrLab Award.
CrewDirected by : Mounia Akl and Neto Villalobos
Produced by : Myriam Sassine, Georges Schoucair & Dominique Welinski
Cast : Souraya Baghdadi, Georges Diab