Marrakech International Film Festival 2014 reveals line-up

Competing films include Marwan Hamed's The Blue Elephant and Mohamed Mouftakir's L’Orchestre des Aveugles

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Marrakech International Film Festival 2014 reveals line-up

The 14th Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM) will open on December 5 with James Marsh's The Theory of Everything, and will close on December 13 with J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year starring Jessica Chastain, who is expected to grace the festival's red carpet this year, reports Aufait Maroc.

Competing this year are Marwan Hamed's The Blue Elephant (Egypt), Takuya Misawa's Chigasaki Story (Japan), Simon Jaquemet's Chrieg (Switzerland), Ivan I. Tverdovsk's Corrections Class (Russia), Max Currie's Everything We Loved (New Zealand), Daniel Barber's The Keeping Room (United States), Aditya Vikram Sensupta's Labor of Love (India), Alix Delaporte's The Last Hammer Blow (France), Sczabolcs Hajdu's Mirage (Hungary), Elchin Musaoglu's Nabat (Azerbaijan), Vuk Rsumavic's No One’s Child (Serbia),Mohamed Mouftakir's L’Orchestre des Aveugles (Morocco), Mohamed Mouftakir's Red Rose (Iran), Shim Sung-bo's Sea Fog (South Korea) and Saar Klein's Things People Do (United States). 

French actress Isabelle Huppert will preside a jury including French actress and director Mélanie Laurent (Breathe), Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (Serena), actor Alan Rickman (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent), Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), Indian director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), Italian filmmaker Mario Martone (The Smell of Blood) and Moroccan director Moumen Smihi (Moroccan Chronicles).

Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako (Timbuktu) will preside over the jury for the Cinécole award to be handed to the best of ten short films in competition, while American director Zoe R. Cassavetes (Broken English), Italian actress Elisa Sednaoui (The Legend of Kaspar Hauser), French actors Ana Girardot (My Way) and Gaspard Ulliel (Saint Laurent), and Moroccan actor and director Driss Roukhe will be members.

This year, FIFM will pay tribute to Moroccan producer Khadija Alami and Egyptian actor Adel Imam, along with American actors Jeremy Irons and Viggo Mortensen. There will also be a special focus on Japanese cinema.


Source: Aufait Maroc

Photo: Festival International du Film de Marrakech

Translation: Phoebe Murray

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