The 2022 Marrakech Film Festival will celebrate talents from four continents this year, with Scottish actress Tilda Swinton, American director James Gray, Bollywood superstar Ranveer Singh and pioneering Moroccan filmmaker Farida Benlyazid receiving the Étoile d’or. , or Golden Star, of the festival. honor for his contributions to the cinema.
Swinton, winner of an Oscar for Michael Clayton (2007), most recently appeared in a double performance as a filmmaker and his own elderly mother in Joanna Hogg’s the eternal daughter, his third film with the British director. In a statement, Swinton called the honorary Étoile d’or “really moving. To return [to Marrakech] To celebrate with my friends this exceptional forum for world cinema and the perpetual world communion of cinematic love with the beautiful audience, there will be pure joy for which I am deeply grateful.”
Veteran filmmaker Gray, whose credits include Little Odessa (1994), We own the night (2007), and Ad Astra (2019), will screen his latest, Armageddon time at the Marrakesh festival. Gray said he was delighted to be able to present what he called his “deeply personal” film to audiences in Morocco. The semi-autobiographical story, set in 1980s Queens, is a coming-of-age story that revolves around a fatal decision made by a sixth grader that will haunt him forever.
“[The film] it not only reflects certain aspects of my youth, but also looks to the future and portrays the persistent problems and inequalities facing the world today,” said Gray.
Indian actor Singh, star of Bajirao Mastani (2015), Padmaavat (2018) and ravine boy (2019) has been a transformative force in Bollywood cinema, bringing a new image of masculinity to the screen. Saying he was “deeply honored and thrilled” to be honored in Marrakech, Singh added that he was “hugely gratifying” that his films have resonated in Africa. “It is indicative that my work has been able to transcend geographical and cultural borders. For a humble artist who wants to bring people together through entertainment, this is very rewarding.”
For local filmmakers, Benlyazid needs no introduction. A pioneer and central figure in Moroccan cinema, she was the first Moroccan woman to produce a film (Jill Ferhati’s a gap in the wall in 1978), wrote the scripts for feature films such as Ferhati cane dolls (1981) and hadith (1989) by Mohamed Abderrahman Tazi, and directed numerous documentary and narrative feature films, including a door to heaven (1989) and The wiles of women (1999). She thanked Moroccan King Mohammed VI “for creating this beautiful festival that brings together members of the Moroccan film family with people from all over the world,” noting that she was part of the jury of the first Marrakech festival in 2001 and has been invited. since then.
Other international film notables attending Marrakech this year include actors Jeremy Irons and Julie Delpy; Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A seperation) and Palme d’Or winners Julia Ducournau (Titanium) and Ruben Östlund (sadness triangle), independent film legends Jim Jarmusch (strangers in paradise, Paterson) and Leos Carax (holy motors, Annette), and the Oscar-winning composer the ubiquitous French actress Marina Foïs; Swedish director Ruben Östlund, winner of two Palmes d’Or; the unique and rare French filmmaker Léos Carax; and Oscar-winning Franco-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley).
The 19th Marrakech International Film Festival will take place from November 11 to 19.
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