Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the 19th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival will take place from 11 to 19 november 2022, and will present a variety of world films. 76 films from 33 countries will be screened in several sections: Official Competition, Grand Screening, Special Screening, 11th Continent, Morocco Panorama, Cinema for Young Audiences, Screening in Djemaa El Fna Square Tribute to Moroccan and International cinema Figures.
True to the festival’s positioning, the competition showcases the films of directors who are producing their first or second feature film in order to discover and promote new talent in the world’s film industry. Of the 14 films selected, 10 are debuts and 6 are female directors.
It is a diverse selection from 14 countries, two from Latin America (Brazil and Mexico), three from Europe (France, Portugal and Switzerland) and four from the MEA region and its diaspora (Morocco, Sweden/Somalia, Syria, Tunisia) and films from Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Iran and Turkey.
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Films competing for the Étoile d’Or explore genres from fantasy to noir and featuring period films, social dramas, thrillers and melodramas, and address topics that reflect the concerns of younger generations around the world: identity construction, the need for role models and the role of women in today’s position in society, and the question of imparting knowledge, whether it be tradition, political legacy, or love.
In keeping with its tradition of celebrating the diversity of cinema, the Marrakech International Film Festival will honor four great personalities for their illustrious careers. Legendary Scottish performer and producer Tilda Swinton, renowned American filmmaker James Gray, Moroccan film pioneer and director Farida Benliazid and Indian superstar Ranveer Singh will Received the Gold Star “Étoile d’or” Award at the Film Festival.
Place JEMAA EL FNA Screening:
Anurag Kashyap at the world premiere of “ALMOST LOVE” at JEMAA EL FNA! Every night, popular films are screened in the open air at the mysterious Place Jemaa El Fna in Marrakech, where film celebrities meet audiences, bringing the festival to life in the heart of Red city. Explore this year’s pick of 9 shows.
– AD ASTRA by James Gray – أد أسترا
– AL IKHWANE by Mohamed Amine El Ahmar – الإخوان
– BAJIRAO MASTANI by Sanjay Leela Bhansali – باجيراو ماستاني
– DADDY OR MOMMY by Martin Bourboulon – أبي أو أمي
– DUNE by Denis Villeneuve – الكثيب
– MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU by Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, Jonathan Del Val – المينيونز: صعود جرو
– WOMEN’S WILES by Farida Benlyazid – كيد النساء
– 30 MELYOUN by Rabii Chajid – 30 مليون
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‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’, directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, will be openning on November 11, 2022 Marrakech International Film Festival and celebrated its MEA premiere as part of GALA SCREENINGS.
The Gala section is a selection of this year’s highly anticipated films, featuring well-known actors. This year’s 8 films also include:
- ARMAGEDDON TIME, by James Gray – زمن هرمجدون
- BOY FROM HEAVEN, by Tarik Saleh – ولد من الجنة
- MARLOWE, by Neil Jordan – مارلو
- MASTER GARDENER, by Paul Schrader – البستاني الرئيسي
- MEDITERRANEAN FEVER, by Maha Haj – حمى البحر المتوسط
- THE SITTING DUCK, by Jean-Paul Salomé – النقابية
- THE SWIMMERS, by Sally El Hosaini – السباحتان
About Marrakech International Film Festival
The Marrakech International Film Festival was founded in 2001 by His Majesty King Mohammed VI to promote and develop Morocco’s cinematic arts and film industry.
Today, more than two decades later, the Marrakech festival is a place of expression and discovery, challenged by diversity, exchange and enrichment. It is also an opportunity for Morocco to welcome and pay tribute to great figures in the film industry. The Festival attracts a large national and international audience and benefits from a solid reputation and prestigious image.
The festival is also known for its location: Marrakech It is known for its rich culture and history, major tourist attraction and international influence.