James Caan will be present at the opening on December 3 of the 10th annual Marrakech International Film Festival. The “Godfather” star will be on hand to launch the festival with the opening night screening of Malcolm Venville’s romantic comedy “Henry’s Crime,” in which he stars alongside Keanu Reeves, who will also make an appearance.
In addition, Caan will be the subject of a Tribute on behalf of the festival. Other honorees this year include Harvey Keitel, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Mohamed Abderrahmane Tazi.
This year’s event promises to be a starry one. As previously announced John Malkovich will be heading the Competition Jury, which includes Gabriel Byrne, Maggie Cheung, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benoit Jacquot, Eva Mendes and Faouzi Bensaidi. Francis Ford Coppola will host a Master Class for both film students and festival-goers.
Sigourney Weaver, pictured above, will act as President of the festival’s first ever short film jury. Xavier Beuvois, Adil Fadili and Emmanuelle Seigner are among those who will join her on the jury. The contest winner will be granted a 300.000 dirham prize (about $37,200), with all the proceeds to go to the funding of a second short film that will have to be completed within three years.