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Orizzonti Extra

Director:
Mounia Akl
Production:
Abbout Productions (Myriam Sassine, Georges Schoucair), Barentsfilm, Boo Pictures, Cinéma Defacto, Fox in the Snow Films, Gaïjïn, Lastor Media, Snowglobe, Participant
Running Time:
106’
Language:
Arabic
Country:
Lebanon, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Qatar
Main Cast:
Nadine Labaki, Saleh Bakri, Nadia Charbel, Ceana Restom, Geana Restom, Liliane Chacar Khoury, Yumna Marwan
Screenplay:
Mounia Akl, Clara Roquet
Cinematographer:
Joe Saade
Editor:
Carlos Marques-Marcet, Cyril Aris
Production Designer:
Thomas Bremer, Issa Kandil
Costume Designer:
Beatrice Harb
Music:
Nathan Larson
Sound:
Rana Eid, Peter Albrechtsen, Rawad Hobeika
Visual Effects:
Peter Hjorth

Synopsis

The free-spirited Badri family have escaped the toxic pollution of Beirut by seeking refuge in the utopic mountain home they have built. But unexpectedly, a garbage landfill is built right outside their fence, bringing the trash and corruption of a whole country to their doorstep. As the trash rises, so do tensions between leaving or resisting, threatening their idyllic home and family unity.

Director’s Statement

Growing up in Lebanon, I was surrounded by chaos and poetry. The country was always on the verge of an apocalypse, leading us to live fully and never sleep peacefully. This dichotomy is what Lebanon is, and who I have become. It has brought our society to a place of absurdity where people come to sterilize their homes to protect themselves. It has also armed us with limitless imagination, humor, and a visceral experience of life. Today however, even that escape is no longer possible, the dystopia has entered our hearts. I try to look at a family’s structure in hopes of mirroring the one of our society. Once this family is fractured, it can reinvent itself with less lies and more selfless love.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Myriam Sassine, Georges Schoucair – Abbout Productions
Renno Building, First Floor, Gemmayze
Beirut, Lebanon
Tel. +961 3570020
myriam@abboutproductions.com
http://www.abboutproductions.com

PRODUCTION 2: Sophie Erbs – Cinema Defacto
32, Boulevard de Strasbourg
75010 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 155790404
sophie@cinemadefacto.com
http://www.cinemadefacto.com

PRODUCTION 3: Sergi Moreno – Lastor Media
C/ Gran de Gracia, 140 1-2B
08012 – Barcelona, Spain
Tel. +34 667753207
sergi.mcastillo@lastormedia.com

PRODUCTION 4: Olivier Guerpillon – Fox In the Snow Films AB
Oxie Bygata 17
238 34 – Oxie, Sweden
Tel. +46 709740097
olivier@foxinthesnow.se

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: Ingrid Lill Høgtun (co-producer) - BARENTSFILM, Katrin Pors (co-producer) – SNOWGLOBE, Sophie Erbs (co-producer) - GAIJIN

WORLD SALES: Fionnuala Jamison – mk2 Films
55, rue Traversière
75012 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 144673030
intlsales@mk2.com
http://mk2films.com/en/

US SALES: Rob Williams – Participant
331 Foothill Road, 3rd Floor
CA 90210 – Beverly Hills, United States of America
Tel. +1.310.409.6725
rwilliams@participant.com
https://participant.com

US SALES 2: Harriet Harper-Jones - Endeavor Content
WC1A 1HB – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0) 7407 801 836
HHarper@endeavorcontent.com
https://endeavorco.com/

PRESS OFFICE: Claudia Tomassini, Anne Takahashi – Claudia Tomassini Associates
Mob. +49 1732055794
claudia@claudiatomassini.com
anne@claudiatomassini.com

US PRESS OFFICE: Layla Hancok-Piper – Cinetic Media
layla@cineticmedia.com


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