Feature Film
Skies of Lebanon

Sous le ciel d'Alice

Friday, October 1, 2021
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Festival Opening Night Party at 8:30pm

Dir. Chloé Mazlo, 2020, France. 92 min. Color DCP
With Alba Rohrwacher, Wajdi Mouawad, Isabelle Zighondi
In French, Arabic and Italian with English subtitles

Critics’ Week Selection – Cannes Film Festival, 2020

Chloé Mazlo’s first feature is a strikingly original film set in the 1950s and inspired by her family’s life in the years leading into the Lebanese Civil War.

Alice, a young Swiss woman (the ethereal Alba Rohrwacher) is eager to escape her strait-laced home in the Alps by becoming a nanny in Beirut. She soon falls in love with Joseph, a local astrophysicist. The two soon marry and start a family, but their bubbly relationship is upended by the civil war.

Mazlo combines meticulously designed live-action sequences with the occasional offbeat stop-motion scene to create an irresistible picture of the glory days when Beirut was known as “the Paris of the Middle East.”


About Chloé Mazlo

Chloé Mazlo is a French-Lebanese filmmaker based in Paris.

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    • After studying graphic design at the Arts Décoratifs school in Strasbourg, she specialized in animated-film directing, working at the intersection of several film techniques. Her short films have been selected for various festivals in France and abroad, and broadcast on television (France 2, Canal+). In 2015, Les Petits cailloux won the César for Best Animated Short Film. Skies of Lebanon is her first feature.