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Marrakech International Film Festival 2018 welcomes celebrities

After a blank year, the International Film Festival of Marrakech (FIFM), opens under the sign of the stars, with the presence of big names like Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Agnès Varda, Robin Wright or Guillermo Del Toro.

Very cosmopolitan, the jury of the festival will be chaired by the American director James Gray. By his side: Indian actress Ileana d’Cruz, Moroccan filmmaker Tala Hadid, Lebanese Joana Hadjithomas, American actress Dakota Johnson, British director Lynne Ramsay and German actor Daniel Brühl, French director Laurent Cantet and the Mexican Michel Franco.

They will have to decide the 14 films in official competition, with 13 countries vying for the Golden Star of the festival (Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia, Argentina, Mexico, USA, China, Japan, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Sudan).

In 2016, the Chinese director Zang Qiwu received the Grand Prize of the festival for his film “The donor”.

The 2017 edition of the festival was canceled after the departure of its director, Mélita Toscan du Plantier, after fourteen years of practice. The producer retained a position of advisor in the organizing committee.

In total, about 80 films from 29 countries will be screened during the festival scheduled until December 8.

The traditional open air sessions on the very touristy Jemaa El Fna square will allow the general public to see popular films from India, Morocco or the United States. During the 2016 edition, the square had welcomed a total of 80,000 spectators.

The festival has planned several tribute nights to celebrate the careers of American actor Robert de Niro, British Robin Wright, French director Agnès Varda and Moroccan Jillali Ferhati.

Previews of new films by Valeria Golino (Italy), Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico), Peter Farrelly (United States), Abu Bakr Shawklky (Egypt) and Nadine Labaki (Lebanon) are also on the program.

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