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.