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Skies of Lebanon

Synopsis: In the fifties, young Alice leaves her natal Swiss mountains for the sunny and vibrant shores of Beirut. She falls madly in love with Joseph, a quirky astrophysicist intent on sending the first Lebanese national into space. Alice quickly fits in among his relatives, but after years of bliss, the civil war threatens their Garden of Eden.

Director’s Biography: Chloé Mazlo is a French-Lebanese writer, director, artist, and animator based in Paris. Among her six short films is “Les petits cailloux” (2014), which was nominated for a César Award for Best Animated Film. She says of her first feature, “Skies of Lebanon” (2020), “I wanted to talk about the Lebanese Civil War as my family told it to me. The character of Alice is very much inspired by my grandmother”.