Skies of Lebanon (2020)

Sacreblue! x SBS: The April Selection

Every month, Sacreblue! selects some Francophone films from the SBS catalogue. These movies will be available for the whole month for free on SBS On Demand.

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28 Apr 2023

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Sacreblue! x SBS
The April Selection

Every month, Sacreblue! highlights some francophone films from the SBS catalogue.
These movies will be available for the whole month for free on SBS On Demand!

Here is our April selection, enjoy these uplifting and heart warming tales as the winter cold sets in.


My Donkey, My Lover & I / Antoinette in the Cévennes (2020)

Director: Caroline Vignal
Cast: Laure Calamy, Benjamin Lavernhe, Olivia Côte, Marc Fraize, Jean-Pierre Martins, Lucia Sanchez, Maxence Tual, Marie Rivière, Louise Vidal

Teacher Antoinette (Laure Calamy) is looking forward to a holiday with her lover. To her horror, however, he cancels on her and takes his family to the mountains. When she follows him, she ends up on a trekking tour with a donkey.

Laure Calamy received the 2021 César award for best actrice for her role as Antoinette. The film was also received 7 other César nominations including for best film and best cinematography.

Watch it on SBS on Demand here.


Cleo from 5 to 7 / Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962)

Director: Agnès Varda
Cast: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dorothee Blank, Michel Legrand, Dominique Davray, José Luis de Vilallonga, Jean-Claude Brialy, Eddie Constantine, Danièle Delorme, Sami Frey, Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina, Lucienne Marchand, Robert Postee, Yves Robert, Alan Scott
A young singer wanders through Paris and visits friends as she awaits the results of a medical test for cancer.

Cléo from 5 to 7 is part of  Sight & Sound magazine’s Critic’s Poll of the greatest movies of all time in 2002 and 2022. It its also the third-highest ranking for a film directed by a woman, after Claire Denis’s Beau Travail at number 2 and Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles by Chantal Akerman at number 1.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 92%. The website’s critical consensus reads “Cléo from 5 to 7 represents a beautifully filmed highlight of the French New Wave that encapsulates the appeal of the era while departing from its narrative conventions.”

Watch it on SBS on Demand here.


Skies of Lebanon / Sous le Ciel d’Alice (2020)

Director: Chloé Mazlo
Cast: Alba Rohrwacher, Wajdi Mouawad, Isabelle Zighondi, Mariah Tannoury, Jade Breidi, Odette Makhlouf, Hany Tamba, John Chelhot, Greta Zighondi

In the 1950s, a young woman leaves the Swiss mountains for the shores of Beirut. She falls in love with a quirky astrophysicist, and the pair live in bliss until the civil war threatens their peaceful existence.

Described as “marvelous” by Le Monde, Skies of Lebanon was selected for the 59th edition of the critics week at the 2020 Cannes film festival. It has received many accolades and been nominated for best first feature at the 27th edition of the Lumières de la Presse Internationale.

Watch it on SBS on Demand here.


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