The magic of cinema once again brings together enthusiasts of the Marrakech Film Festival

Prince Moulay Rachid, President of the Foundation of the Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM), whose 19th edition is being held from November 11 to 19, underlined that the magic of cinema once again brings together fans of this Festival, after two years of absence due to the pandemic.

In his traditional editorial presenting the new edition, Prince Moulay Rachid indicates that this global health crisis has had considerable consequences for our ecosystem, both nationally and internationally.

“We must, today, reconstitute all these destroyed resources, and it is in this very particular context that we must take full measure of the efforts that our partners are deploying through their generous contributions, partners who themselves, without exception, have suffered economically from the pandemic. Without them our Festival could not see the light of day »he wrote.

“This is how the values ​​that we have always carried are more than ever at the center of a humanity in reconstruction: discovery of the other, civilizational dialogue, solidarity and living together”added the Prince.

The great Italian director Paolo Sorrentino chairs a magnificent jury which will look into an official competition where once again, world cinema will shine through the first and second works of directors who will shape the cinema of tomorrow, said Prince Moulay Rachid , noting that around this selection, festival-goers will be able to enjoy a program combining different genres and nationalities.

Between the “Gala Sessions” in the presence of prestigious casting, the “Special Sessions”, the “11th Continent” and its avant-garde cinema, the “Panorama of Moroccan Cinema” which will exhibit the best of recent national production, screenings great popular films on the Jemaa El Fna square and sessions for young audiences, it is all the diversity of cinematographic creation that will be present in Marrakech, estimated the Prince, detailing the promises of this edition.

This year, the Festival will pay tribute to four great names in the 7th art, with careers as brilliant as they are inspiring: the iconic Scottish actress, producer and performer, Tilda Swinton, the immense American director James Gray, author of one of most remarkable works of contemporary cinema, the pioneer of national cinema, Farida Benlyazid, whose career as a producer, director and screenwriter is associated with several classics of Moroccan cinema, and finally, the talented Indian actor with a meteoric rise, Ranveer Singh , who has become one of the most iconic representatives of Bollywood, said His Royal Highness.

Local cinephilia will once again be highlighted thanks to the “Conversation with” series, which will open up a space for discussion and exchange with illustrious personalities from world cinema, who have come to Marrakech to share their vision and their practice. of the trade with the public, continued Prince Moulay Rachid.

Regarding the “Ateliers de l’Atlas”, he noted that in the space of four editions, these Ateliers, “Professional meetings of the Festival that we launched in 2018 with a view to supporting young talents in the region, are now unmissable”.

For the past two years, this program has been held online and has continued to support a new generation of filmmakers from Africa and the Arab world, recalled Prince Moulay Rachid, citing as proof of the success of this platform the make that “many of the films that participated in it were subsequently selected and awarded at the biggest film festivals around the world”.

“For this fifth edition, we are strengthening its scope to serve and promote emerging talents” observed the Prince.

“Cinema, in all its beauty, is once again at home in Marrakech, to delight us all”wrote Prince Moulay Rachid, wishing “an excellent reunion for this new edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival”.

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