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Niemeyer 4 Ever

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Aurelia Makdessi / Feature Documentary / Lebanon, France, Germany, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Sports, History, Biography


Beyond the ambient chaos of the city of Tripoli, in northern Lebanon, and the crisis that the country is going through, an improbable place authorises the dream—the International Fair of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, creator of Brasilia. A true microcosm, a place of life and hope, with meetings of Tripolitans and artists from all over the world, the site is officially closed to the public. Huge, futuristic, avant-garde buildings that stretch over hectares abandoned between the city and the sea, in which everyone claims his freedom. In this urban, offbeat and human tale, Spark, Rana, Maher, Mona and others do everything to try, in their own way, to rehabilitate the utopia of living together imagined by Niemeyer. Another Lebanon is being created.


Aurélia Makdessi
Aurélia Makdessi
Marine Vaillant (Special Touch Studios)
Production Company
Special Touch Studios, Mayana films

About the Director

Aurelia Makdessi is a Franco-Lebanese director. After studying Modern Literature and Information Sciences at the Sorbonne, she spent nearly 15 years in Morocco, working in production with directors such as Gondry and Téchiné. She has directed documentaries for Al Jazeera and art films for institutions. Aurelia also teaches audiovisual culture in higher education. Currently, she is focusing on her feature documentary project, 'Niemeyer 4 Ever'. This creative documentary, stemming from Aurelia's identity, offers a singular and utopian view of a country dear to her, reflecting her background as a member of the Lebanese diaspora.


  • Main Contact

    Marine Vaillant

    Special Touch Studios

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