Alumni Selected for TorinoFilmLab's 2018 Feature Lab

May 25, 2018

Costa Brava, a feature film co-written & directed by Mounia Akl '17 and co-written by Clara Roquet '16, was selected for the prestigious TorinoFilmLab's 2018 Feature Lab.


In Costa Brava, the Badris family live a poetic life of isolation on land they have inherited in the Lebanese mountains. When the government chooses their land as the official landfill of the country’s trash, they have to open their doors to the reality they have chosen to avoid inside and outside of their home. 


TorinoFilmLab is one of the most prestigious labs for emerging filmmakers. TorinoFilmLab "trains creative teams of scriptwriter, director and producer from all over the world in working on their 1st or 2nd feature film projects at an advanced stage of development. Through a period of six months, from the first residential workshop to the TFL Meeting Event, the teams will focus on both artistic & creative aspects as well as on production & promotion strategies of their projects.”


TorinoFilmLab has supported the films of some of the most groundbreaking filmmakers in the world such as Ciro Guerra (Academy Award nominated director of The Embrace of the Serpent), Julia Docurnau (Raw) and Jonas Carpignano (A Ciambra).


Clara Roquet's work has been recognized internationally. Her film El Adios won the 2016 BAFTA US Student Film Award, which she wrote and directed as part of her MFA coursework at Columbia. Because of this award and many others, El Adios was distributed by HBO. Prior to attending Columbia, Roquet co-wrote the feature film 10.000KM with director Carlos Marques-Marcet; they received a Gaudí Award for Best Screenplay for the film.


Mounia Akl, the co-writer, is the accomplished filmmaker behind Submarine, a short film that tells the story of a girl from Beirut, a city that is dealing with an ongoing garbage crisis. The film has been lauded internationally; it was selected for the highly competitive Cinefondation Competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, and it was an official selection at the Toronto International film Festival.