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Marrakech International Film Festival


The Marrakesh International Film Festival was created in 2001 by His Majesty King Mohammed VI. The event is organised by the Marrakesh Film Festival Foundation under the chairmanship of His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid.

A key cinema event in Morocco and on the international stage, the Marrakesh Festival brings together important figures from the world of the arts, culture and media to the “Ochre City”. Through the years, the festival has attracted some of the most famous names in cinema from around the world. It has established its reputation and became an unmissable event on the cinema and media calendar.

The Marrakesh Festival sets itself apart through quality programming and a unique artistic and editorial positioning which fosters openness to all forms of cinema. It is also a hot spot for young local talent thanks to its Cinécoles competition which awards the best short films from Moroccan cinema students.

Today the Marrakesh Film Festival stands out as a leading artistic and cultural event unparalleled in the African continent and in the whole Arab world.


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Christoph Terhechte, the former head of the Berlinale Forum, appointed artistic director of the Marrakech Film Fest

Filmfestivals.com is very thrilled to witness the festival revival after a one year hiatus. An experienced international organization team joins for the 17th edition. The contract with Le Public System Cinema, the French company who had been organizing the festival for years, has not been renewed.    Le Public System Cinema organizes 4 festivals a year: GERARDMER FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL:  www.festival-gerardmer.com,  DEAUVILLE ASISAN FILM FESTIVAL...

The Danish Girl review by Alex Deleon

          The Danish Girl -- features Versatile British actor Eddie Redmayne's followup to last years Best Actor Oscar as wheelcheer bound Cambridge genius Stephen Hawking -- could a second consecutive Oscar be in the offing?   A competition entry at Venice 2015 "The Danish Girl" is co-directed by 46 year old Englishman Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, 2010) and Swedish veteran Lasse Hallström, 69 (My Life as a Dog) --  B...

Review of Cate Blanchett's CAROL

CAROL, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Cate Blanchett was the prestige closing film of the  Marrakesh Film Festival, on Dec. 12, 2015 Haynes is a respected Hollywood director noted for meticulous period detail such as in his 2002 masterpiece, "Far From Heaven" which starred Julianne Moore in one of her greatest roles, also set in the fifties. This film, set in the same period with another great actress,  looks like a clone of the earlier opus, but the cloning just does...

Chaiba Big Year closing film

New Moroccan Biopic Reveals a little known major woman Artist NEW BIOPIC of Illiterate Naive Artist closes film year out in Morocco CHAÏBIA, La Paysanne des Arts (Chaibia, Peasant of the arts)  DIR. Youssef Britel,  starring Saadia Azagoun. By Alex Deleon, 《Flmfestivals.com》     By Rick-Blaine Deleon,  Casablanca      Chaibia Talan (Arabic, الشعيبية طلال)  was born in a small village in 1929, neve...

Scenes from a Master Class Kiarostami at Marrakech

A Duck on a Beach holds an Audience in Thrall -- By Alex Deleon       Trailer from new Kiarostami film "24 FRAMES"    -- three rectangular pillars filling the screen on a sandy beach location. Quietude. In the distance there is occasional boating activity of some kind, but too far away to make out the details. In the foreground a mallard duck waddles on and off screen several times. Upon his last appearance the duck waddles up to a bar...

Marrakech Film Reviews Ghita Norby Rocks at Eighty in KEY HOUSE MIRROR Key House Mirror

By Alex Deleon <filmfestivals.com>   Danish film entitled, KEY HOUSE MIRROR (Nøgle Hus Spejl) viewed at Colisée cinema, Gueliz, Marrakesh, Friday night, December 11.  Director Michael Noe: starring Ghita Nirby and Sven Wollter.   This is an amazing smsll budget Danish film the sly subject of which is  a love affair in an old age home starring great Danish actress Ghita Norby as a women whose husband has become a living vegetable.    ...

Marrakech Film Reviews Memories of the Wind

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By Alex Deleon Written and directed by  Öscan Alper, starring Onur Saylak and Sofya Khandamirova. Some of the haunting faces in a haunting Turkish film   Shown in the Coup de Coeur (From the heart) sectıon out of competition, but nevertheless one of the Big films of the festival, this is an extended poetic meditation on the 1915 Genocide of the Armenians in Turkey. In a wayna followup to Fatih Akin's 1914 "The Cut" but even more daring in that it was made by a T...

Marrakech International Film Festival Recognizes All Films

By Liza Foreman in Marrakech - We live in interesting times. And no where has that been more apparent than at this week's Marrakech International Film Festival where a star studded line up of international filmmakers gathered to talk film and politics.   Given the recent tragic events from Paris to California, there was much to talk about with Jury head Francis Ford Coppola reciting the Koran and Bill Murray talking about his love of Morocco and Muslim friends. &nbs...

Madhuri Dixit graced the red carpet at the 15th Marrakesh International Film Festival

At 48 a classic beauty still, indian actress Madhuri Dixit graces the red carpet at the 15th Marrakesh International Film Festival   Madhuri Dixit is not exactly a household name in western Europe or North America -- outside of diaspora NRI communities,  of course -- however, in India, Pakistan, most of Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, and just about everywhere else, away from the amazingly provincial purview of Hollywood,  this distaff Bollywood  megastar is one of t...

Sofia Coppola hands a Tribute to Bill Murray at the opening of the Marrakech Film Festival

Tribute to Bill Murray during The Festival International du Film de Marrakech: "I'm here because I love this country, I love this people". ...

Marrakech Film Festival turns Fifteen

By Alex Deleon   The Marrakech Film Festival has slowly been gathering steam ever since the its inception in 2001.  With the fifteenth edition running from Dec. 4 ~ 12 this is not just an exotic place to visit with nice mild winter weather but a major new station on the European and international festival trail. The most obvious indication that this festival has now come of age is that fact that  no less a figure than American Godfather director Franci...

Francis Coppola to preside over the Jury in Marrakech

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA – PRESIDENT OF THE JURY Function : Director, screenwriter & producer Country : USA AMAL AYOUCH Function : Actress Country : Morocco SERGIO CASTELLITTO Function : Actor, director, screenwriter & producer Country : Italy RICHA CHADDA Function : Actress Country : India ...

Selection of films competing at The 15th Marrakech International Film Festival

BABAI Film-maker : visar morina Country : Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia & France CLOSET MONSTER Film-maker : stephen dunn Country : Canada COP CAR Film-maker : jon watts Country : USA DESIERTO Film-maker : jonÁs cuarÓn Country : Mexico & France KEEPER Film-maker : g...

A word from The President of the Marrakech International Film Festival Foundation

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  For its fifteenth year, the Marrakech International Film Festival is honoring a young but none the less powerful cinema, and one that is in no way less talented or diverse. This is rich cinema, and it’s Canadian cinema. This tribute, like those that have preceded it, partakes of the very identity of the Festival, which symbolizes an exceptional moment where all cultures meet and talk, making the film a universal language. Renewing this dialogue every year between talents and inte...

Facts and Figures about The Marrakech International Film Festival

The Festival’s attendance 94,000 admissions  49,000 spectators at Jemaa El Fna  20,000 invited to official ceremonies, parties and lunches A rich and diverse programming 142 films screened from 33 countries 15 feature films in competition 11 films “Out-of-Competition” 4 « Festival Favourite » films from Moroccan Cinema 10 Cinécoles films • 7 films with audio-description including 1 Morocc...

Marrakech International Film Festival Awards 2014

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                                                              A rich and eclectic awards list was revealed at the closing ceremony, featuring directors and actors from the world over. Films shown outside the official competition included The Theory of Everything by James Marsh (UK), and Timbuktu by Abderr...

Save Cinemas initiative in Morocco at the Marrakech IFF 2014

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Martin I. Petrov Save Cinemas in Morocco is an initiative that started several years ago in Marrakech, led by Tarik Mounim. It’s aim is to discover and preserve deserted old cinemas throughout the country transforming them again to culture patrons and promoting national and independent cinema that is rare these days in Morocco.    During this year’s Marrakech international Film Festival, Save Cinemas in Morocco holds an exhibition at the old C...

14th Marrakech International Film Festival unveils line-up and Juries (2014)

Martin I. Petrov The 14th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (5 - 13 December 2014) just unveiled its line-up and juries, surpassing even last year’s galore of big names in the industry that attended the Moroccan Film Festival.      After making known that this year’s tributes will honour Japanese Cinema, Egyptian actor Adel Imam, British actor Jeremy Irons and the American actor Viggo Mortensen. ...

Marrakech IFF 14 offers a Tribute to Viggo Mortensen

Martin I. Petrov     Viggo Mortensen, to whom the 14th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival pays a tribute, presented his new film Loin des hommes (Far from men) in the presence of the director David Oelhoffen, co-star Reda Kateb and the producers, yesterday evening at the crowded Jemaa El Fna square in the old town of Marrakech. When called on stage, Mortensen greeted the audience with well rehearsed Arabic and continued in French inviting them to the fol...

MY NAME IS KHAN, interview with screenwriter Shibani Bathija

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  With the opening of Indian film 'DON 2' (2011) starring Bollywood giant Shah Rukh Khan, Khan has been popping up everywhere recently to promote his new film. Last week it was the Festival du Film de Marrakech and this week Dubai at DIFF. While Khan tells the world that his character ‘Don’ of the DON feature film series is his favorite character he has ever played, I would venture to say that the favorite character the world has seen him play is that of 'Rizvan Kha...
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