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Marrakech International Film Festival unveils line-up and Juries (2014)

The 14th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (5 - 13 December 2014) just unveiled its line-up and juries, surpassing even last year’s galore of big names in the industry that attended the Moroccan Film Festival. 



After making known that this year’s tributes will honour Japanese Cinema, Egyptian actor Adel Imam, British actor Jeremy Irons and the American actor Viggo Mortensen


The festival stated: “For this year’s edition, the Festival will welcome a major delegation of actors, directors and producers, and will also put the spotlight on some of the masters from the history of filmmaking in Japan: from Yasujiro Ozu to Kore-Eda Hirokazu, through Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse, Akira Kurosawa, Nagisa Oshima, Shohei Imamura, Takeshi Kitano, Hayao Miyazaki, Shinji Aoyama, Naomi Kawaze, Kyoshi Kurosawa, Mamoru Oshii, Takashi Miike and Masaki Kobayashi. And continuing on this year’s tributes to three widely renowned actors: “After the tributes paid in 2013 to Juliette Binoche, Mohamed Khouyi, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Sharon Stone and Fernando Solanas, the Festival continues to bring the spotlight on some of the great names of international cinema, and will this year pay tribute to the Egyptian actor Adel Imam, the British actor Jeremy Irons, and the American actor Viggo Mortensen.” 


After announcing that the jury this year will be led by French actress Isabelle Huppert, MIFF revealed the rest powerful names that will stand beside her this year, including Indian Director Ritesh Batra (Lunchbox), Danish director Susanne Bier, French Director Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent), French actress Melanie Laurent, Italian director Mario Martone (Il Giovane favoloso), Romanian director Christian Mungiu, British actor Alan Rickman and Moroccan director Moumen Smihi. Yes, ALL these! 


The films in competition that the 14th edition will feature include: 


The blue Elephant, dir. Marwan Hamed - Egypt 


Chigasaki story, dir. Takuya Misawa - Japan 


Chrieg, dir. Simon Jaquemet - Switzerland 


Corrections class, dir. Ivan I. Tverdovsky - Russia/ Germany 


Everything we love, dir. Max Currie - New Zealand 


The keeping room, dir. Daniel Barber - US 


Labour of love, dir. Aditya Vikram Sengupta - India 


The last hammer blow, dir. Alex Delaporte - France 


Mirage, dir. Sczabolcs Hajdu - Hungary/ Slovakia 


Nabat, dir. Elchin Musaoglu - Azerbaijan 


No one’s child, dir. Vuk Ršumović - Serbia 


L’ orchestre des aveugles, dir. Mohamed Mouftakir - Morocco/ France 


Red rose, dir. Sepideh Farsi - France/ Greece/ Iran 


The sea fog, dir. Shim Sung-bo - South Korea 

Things people do, dir. Saar Klein - US 



In Le cinécoles section, where the jury consists from Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako, American director Zoe Cassavetes, French actress Ana Girardot, Moroccan director Driss Roukhe, French. Italian & Egyptian actress Elisa Sednaoui and French actor Gaspard Ulliel, the films competing are: 


1920 by Yassine Gaamer 


Dalto by Essam Doukhou 


Dolls by Mohammed Oudghiri 


En dehors de la ville by Rim Mejdi 


Fabulari by Dalal Tantaoui Al-Araqui 


Goodbye Cinéma by Madane El Ghazouani 


Layla by Ahmed Messoudi 


Shoes by Meryem Benheddi 


Le souffle de la vie by Driss Tabaa 


Think before you click by Ayoub Ziane 



Special Screenings out of Competition: 


The theory of everything, dir. James Marsh, UK (Opening Film) 


A most violent year, dir. J.C. Chandor, US (Closing Film) 


Ardor, dir. Pablo Fendrik, Argentina/ Mexico/ Brazil/ France & US 


Far from men, dir. David Oelhoffsen, France 


Happy New Year, dir. Farah Khan, India 


The imitation game, dir. Morten Tyldum, US 


May Allah bless France, dir. Abd Al Malik, France 


Silent heart, dir. Bille August, Denmark 


The silent storm, dir. Corinna McFarlane, UK 


Timbuktu, dir. Abderrahmane Sissako, France/ Mauritania 


Atlantic., dir. Jan-Willem Van Ewijk, The Netherlands/ Belgium/ Germany & Morocco 


Bollywood Dream, dir. Yassine Fennane, Morocco 


Half the sky, dir. Abdelkader Lagtaâ, France/ Morocco 

Hope, dir. Boris Lojkine, France 


The narrow frame of midnight, dir. Itar El-Layl, Morocco/ UK/ France & Qatar 


Un pari pimenté, dir. Mohamed Karrat, Morocco 



The festival will also hold tributes on Moroccan producers Khadija Alami and Zakaria Alaoui

Danish director Bille August, French director Benoit Jacquot and Spanish director Alex De La Iglesia are going to give filmmaking masterclasses. 


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