A tribute, as vibrant as it is exceptional, was given in Marrakech, by the International Film Festival of Marrakech (FIFM), in its 18th edition, to the sacred monster of Hollywood, the American actor, Robert Redford.
The distinction, the Golden Star of the Festival, rewarding an extraordinary career that has had a profound impact on contemporary film history, was presented to Redford by French actress Chiara Mastroianni and French writer and director Rebecca Zlotowski.
“When we talk about Robert Redford, we have to invent a new word that includes director, actor, producer, screenwriter and defender of the environment and independent cinema,” they said, highlighting his career “prodigious” and his “impressive” world-famous filmography.
In a rain of flashes photographers who wanted to immortalize this unforgettable moment and the applause and shouts of joy of an audience under the spell of an artist gifted, Robert Redford expressed his warm thanks to King Mohammed VI and Prince Moulay Rachid “for this beautiful distinction and the warm welcome that has been reserved to him by the Kingdom”.
“I’m really lucky to be here today in Marrakech. It is a real honor and pleasure,” he said, expressing his immense joy to return to Marrakech, the city in which he shot a film in 2001.
In this sense, he claimed to have “a special relationship with Morocco. I greatly admire its diversity, its richness, its culture and its traditions”.
This tribute was also marked by the screening of extracts from Robert Redford’s most famous films, as well as the feature film “The Old Man & the Gun” by David Lowery.
It is as an actor that Robert Redford attains, for the first time, notoriety. He won his first major role on Broadway in “Sunday in New York,” followed by “Little Moon of Alban” and “Naked Feet in the Park” by Neil Simon, directed by Mike Nichols.
He made his first film debut in “War Hunt” and then took over the role of Paul Bratter in the big screen version of “Barefoot in the Park” which earned him the praise of critics and the public.
In 1969, Robert Redford and Paul Newman teamed up to play in “Butch Cassidy and the Kid”. Directed by George Roy Hill, the film immediately became a classic and firmly established Robert Redford as a leading figure in the Hollywood industry.
He will meet again Paul Newman and George Roy Hill in “The Scam” which won 7 Oscars, including the Best Film, which earned Robert Redford a nomination for Best Actor.
Robert Redford’s career as director is “no less exciting and successful”. He has won several major awards (The Directors Guild of America Award, The Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Director) for his first film “People Like Others” as a director.
In addition, Robert Redford has been an advocate for the environmental cause and a recognized activist since the early 1970s. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Natural Resources Defense Council for nearly 40 years.