Dekanalog, a new theatrical and digital distribution company, has acquired all U.S. rights to Chloé Mazlo’s feature debut “Skies of Lebanon” with Alba Rohrwacher (“Happy as Lazarro”).
Rpresented in international markets by Charades, “Skies of Lebanon” received Cannes’ Critics’ Week label in 2020, and is being released in French theaters today (June 30) by Ad Vitam. Moby Dick Films produced the movie.
Set in the 1950’s, the film follows Alice, a young woman who leaves her natal Swiss mountains for the sunny, vibrant shores of Beirut. She falls madly in love with Joseph, a quirky astrophysicist on a mission to send the first Lebanese national into space. Alice quickly fits in among Joseph’s relatives, but the civil war threatens their bliss.
Rohrwacher stars in the film opposite writer-turned-actor Wajdi Mouawad (“Incendies”). Mazlo previously directed the Cesar-winning short film “Les petits cailloux” in 2015.
“As a first generation immigrant, I was drawn to this whimsical tale of a woman forging a new life in a new country, and ultimately realizing love conquers all as civil war spreads around her,” said Lysa Le, who co-founded Dekanalog with Elijah Drenner and George Schmalz. “I can see my parents’ story in this film – not wanting to leave the country you love, that you’ve built a life in but with war, being forced to leave and realizing that as long as you have each other, love conquers all,” added Le.
Jean-Félix Dealberto at Charades said the company was “thrilled to be collaborating with Dekanalog for their very first slate.” “They are a perfect home for Chloé Mazlo’s poetic, charming and impressive feature,” said Dealberto.
Dekanalog’s first roster of international films includes “This is Not a Bruial, It’s a Resurrection,” which won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance; as well as “Dogs,” Bogdan Mirica’s Un Certain Regard-winning film; and “Keep an Eye Out,” Quentin Dupieux’s latest film.
Charades is repping several films set to world premiere at Cannes, including Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Petrov”s Flu” in competition; Yohan Manca’s “La Traviata, My Brothers and I” in Un Certain Regard; Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre’s “Zero Fucks Given” at Critics’ Week; and “Belle,” the anticipated animated feature by Oscar-nominated Mamoru Hosoda (“Mirai”).