a 19th edition for the beauty of the seventh art – Moroccan Ladies

a 19th edition for the beauty of the seventh art - Moroccan Ladies

For its big comeback after two years marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Marrakech International Film Festival, organized from November 11 to 19, 2022 under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, promises an exceptional edition.

Highly anticipated by film lovers and professionals in the sector, the Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM), whose President of the Festival Foundation is HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, returns from November 11 to 19, 2022 with a… dazzling program ! Indeed, for this 19th edition, cinema from all over the world will once again shine in the ocher city. On the red carpet, an exceptional jury chaired by Oscar-winning Italian director and screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino, and made up of Danish director Susanne Bier, American-Guatemalan actor and producer Oscar Isaac, British actress Vanessa Kirby, the German actress Diane Kruger, Australian director Justin Kurzel, Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki, Moroccan director Laïla Marrakchi and French actor Tahar Rahim. Members and emblematic figures of cinema representing 10 different countries from 5 continents. “Returning this year as president of the jury is an honor. I believe, I want to believe, that the cinemas will fill up again and I’m sure that many beautiful films will be released soon. Witnessing this revival from such a symbolic place, discovering the cinema of tomorrow from such an interesting cultural and geographical point of view will be an additional gift” notably supported the president of the 2022 jury, Paolo Sorrentino, in an official statement.

2019 Best Actress Award

A Golden Star among the Stars

During the closing evening on November 19, 2022, this international jury will award the Gold Star to one of the 14 first and second feature films in the competition, dedicated to discovering filmmakers around the world. Among them, 10 first feature films and 6 films signed by female directors including the Moroccan Maryam Touzani for “The Blue of the Caftan”. On display, an eclectic selection from 14 different countries including 2 from Latin America (Brazil and Mexico), 3 from Europe (France, Portugal and Switzerland), 4 from the MEA region and its diaspora (Morocco, Sweden /Somalia, Syria, Tunisia), as well as Australia, Canada, Iran, Indonesia and Turkey. Exploring several cinematographic genres, from fantasy to film noir, including period film, social drama, thriller or melodrama, the films in the running for the Gold Star address subjects that echo the concerns of young people. generations around the world: the construction of identity and the need to have models, the place of women in our contemporary societies, but also the questions of transmission whether it is a question of tradition, political heritage or quite simply ‘love.

Paolo Sorrentino

Beautiful films and big names

Faithful to its tradition of celebrating cinema in all its diversity, the FIFM presents a wide selection of films from world cinema with 76 works from 33 countries divided into several sections: from the Official Competition to Gala Screenings, Special Screenings at 11e Continent, from the Panorama of Moroccan cinema to Young Audience screenings, including screenings at Jemaa El Fna and the films programmed as part of the tributes. Among the highlights, the premieres of international films by respected filmmakers such as James Gray (Armageddon Time), Neil Jordan (Marlowe), Tarik Saleh (Boy From Heaven) or Paul Schrader (Master Gardener) during the Gala Sessions, the 15 contemporary films by filmmakers acclaimed by critics or by the biggest international festivals screened during the Special Sessions, the programming of section 11e Continent with a series of audacious and innovative films that shake up representationscinematographic presentations or the fine Moroccan selection of the Panorama of Moroccan Cinema (“Summer Days” by Faouzi Bensaidi, “Abdelinho” by Hicham Ayouch, “Goldfish” by Abdeslam Kelai, “The Postcard” by Asmae El Moudir and “Ziyara” by Simone Bitton). The program “In Conversation with …” is also one of the Festival’s key events with a series of exchanges that promise to be intense and fascinating with great personalities from world cinema like the great British actor Jeremy Irons, the influential and twice Oscar winner Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, French filmmaker, 2th woman to have won a Palme d’Or in the history of the Cannes Film Festival, Julia Ducournau, Bollywood superstar Ranveer Singh, to whom the Festival will pay tribute, and even the famous French actress Marina Foïs.

The 19th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival will also pay tribute to four great personalities in recognition of their brilliant careers. Thus, the iconic Scottish actress Tilda Swinton, the immense American filmmaker James Gray, the Indian superstar, Ranveer Singh and the director and pioneer of the Moroccan big screen Farida Benlyazid will receive the Gold Star of the FIFM.

The official portal of the FIFM Marrakech has a new look

Accessible via the address www.marrakech-festival.com, the new digital platform of the Festival allows you to know everything about the program and the highlights of the 19th edition which takes place from November 11 to 19, 2022.

Available in Arabic, English and French, the new portal also allows the general public and lovers of the seventh art to obtain free accreditation, obtain their electronic badge online and thus access the various screenings and activities of the Festival. .



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