Alpes Maritimes From the Sky

2013 • 25' • French, English & Arabic subtitles

Poster of Alpes Maritimes From the Sky

Director(s): Yannick Charles • Producer(s): Grand Angle Productions • Coproducer(s): France Télévisions • Format(s): HD

For some it has a pejorative connotation the backcountry, just some little-known, almost forgotten countryside far from the cities and swanky resorts of the coast. A distant background barely glimpsed when sailing in the Bay of Cannes or off the “Prom” the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. For others it is the soul of the Department: where the valleys reveal their secret riches; where mountains rise majestically to nearly 3,000 meters, such as the Gélas in the Mercantour National Park, a peak affording a 1800 view over the immensity of the Mediterranean, Cape Corsica, the Alps and Italy. There are hundreds in Nice who prefer to appreciate the sea from very high and very far: either amateur or seasoned climbers and they never praise the marine landscape more highly than from a distance after long hikes up the dry, mineral slopes of this high country. Others through life-style choice or economic necessity have chosen to quit the over-crowded, over-priced sea shores for the villages perched just an hour’s drive away from Nice where you would think you were in another country. They are villagers, mountain folk, and from their many promontories they cast a different gaze on this Côte d’Azur with its blue sea that seems both so near and yet so far. From Eze to the valley of the Vésubie, from the mountains of l’Esterel to Utelle and its Madonna, from Peillon to Saorge, from St-Martin-Vésubie to Roquesteron, by way of the flanks of the Gélas and its neighboring shelters, this is a never-before-seen discovery of the Alpes Maritimes viewed from its balconies.

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