Chloé Mazlo & Naël Marandin’s feature films in the Critics’ Week Selection!
On June, 4th 2020, La Semaine de la Critique 2020 revealed the name of the 5 feature films receiving the “2020 Semaine de la Critique label” (as the 59th edition of Cannes Film Festival paralell section could not be held as scheduled on the Croisette due to Covid-19 crisis). Among the 5 features selected are:
Sous le ciel d’Alice [Skies of Lebanon]
Chloé Mazlo & her cowriter Yacine Badday came to Le Groupe Ouest to develop this feature film within the framework of the 2016 Annual Selection. Then, they were coached within the framework of the 2017 Talents of LA SÉLECTION.
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.
La Terre des hommes [Beasts]
Naël Marandin was one of the 2017 Talents of LA SÉLECTION, with this feature film.
Constance and her fiancé hope to one day take over, modernize and expand her father’s farm, on the verge of bankruptcy, to the large-scale farms that share the land and power. She gains the support of the influential and charismatic Sylvain, their fate quickly lying in his hands… When Sylvain’s desire for her steps in the negotiations, Constance must face yet another kind of violence.