Saturday, November 09, 2013

Marrakech Film Festival 2013 ~ The Film List

The 13th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival runs between November the 29th and December the seventh. As The View from Fez reported previously, the opening night will feature Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hindi romantic drama Ram-Leela and the festival will close with Lukas Moodysson's Swedish coming-of-age film We Are the Best! There are over one hundred films on offer.  Our film critic takes a look at some of the films to watch out for

Top of our list would be Terry Gilliam's latest Orwellian Sci-Fi satire The Zero Theorem.  The film stars Christoph Waltz, Lucas Hedges, Mélanie Thierry and David Thewlis. The script was written by Pat Rushin. The story centres on Qohen Leth, a reclusive computer genius working on a formula to determine whether life holds meaning. Gilliam has called it the final part of a dystopian satire trilogy begun with 1985's Brazil and continued with 1995's 12 Monkeys.

The Zero Theorem

Jeremy Saulnier's second film,  Blue Ruin, is another "must see" - but be prepared for galling and suspenseful take on the backwoods-gothic genre as it follows a bloody trail of vengeance to its cruel, absurd and logical conclusion.

Other highlights include James Gray's The Immigrant, Kore-Eda Hirokazu's Cannes-winner Like Father Like Son.  Many of the films in competition are first films from new filmmakers.


AGAIN – (Japan) The first film by Junichi Kanai starring Yoshikura Aoi and Yagira Yuya
BAD HAIR - (Venezuela, Peru, Argentina and Germany) Film by Mariana Rondón starring Samuel Lange and Samantha Castillo
FEVERS - (France and Morocco) Film by Hicham Ayouch starring Didier Michon, Slimane Dazi, Farida Amrouche, Lounès Tazairt and Tony Harrison
HAN GONG-JU - (South Korea) First film by Lee Su-jin starring Chun Woo-hee
HOTELL – (Sweden) The second film by Lisa Langseth starring Alicia Vikander
HOW I LIVE NOW – (UK)  Film by Kevin Macdonald starring Saoirse Ronan
IDA - (Poland and Denmark) Film by Pawel Pawlikowski starring Agata Trzebuchowska and Agata Kulesza
LA MARCHE – (France) Film by Nabil Ben Yadir starring Olivier Gourmet, Tewfik Jallab, Lubna Azabal, Hafsia Herzi, Charlotte Le Bon, Vincent Rothiers, M'Barek Belkouk, Nader Boussandel, Philippe Nahon and Jamel Debbouze
MEDEAS - (USA, Italy and Mexico) First film by Andrea Pallaoro starring Catalina Sandino Moreno and Brian F. O’Byrne
THE GAMBLER - (Lithuania and Latvia) First film by Ignas Jonynas starring Vytautas Kaniusonis
THE SWIMMING POOL - (Cuba and Venezuela) First film by Carlos Machado Quintela
THE WISHFUL THINKERS – (Spain) Second film by Jonás Trueba starring Francesco Carril
TRAITORS - (Morocco and USA)  First film by Sean Gullette starring Chaimae Ben Acha, Soufia Issami, Nadia Niaza, Driss Roukhe, Mourade Zeguendi and Morjana Alaoui
VIVA LA LIBERTÀ – (Italy) Film by Roberto Andò starring Toni Servillo and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
DERRIÈRE LES PORTES FERMÉES – (Morocco) Second film by Mohammed Ahed Bensouda starring Amal Ayouch, Zoubida Akkif, Abdellah Farkous, Bouchra Ahrich and Omar Azzouzi
KANYAMAKAN – (Morocco) First film by Said C. Naciri starring Afif Ben Badra, Sarah Kazemy, Mohamed El Achi, Anas El Baz, Younes Megri, Mehdi Ouazzani and Diouc Koma
SARA – (Morocco) Film by Said Naciri starring Layla Hadiu, Said Naciri, Iman Nakhad and Aziz Houbaibi
C’EST EUX LES CHIENS – (Morocco) Second film by Hicham Lasri starring Hassan Badida

The Immigrant


RAM-LEELA – (India) Sanjay Leela Bhansali starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh
A THOUSAND TIMES GOOD NIGHT - (Norway, Ireland and Sweden) Film by Erik Poppe starring Juliette Binoche
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON - (Japan) Film by Kore-Eda Hirokazu
ONE CHANCE - (UK and USA) Film by David Frankel starring James Corden, Julie Walters, Alexandra Roach and Valeria Bilello
THE IMMIGRANT – (USA) Film by James Gray starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner
THE REUNION - (Sweden) Film by Anna Odell starring Anna Odell
THE STONE - (South Korea) Film by Cho Se-rae starring Cho Dong-in and Kim Roi-ha
THE ZERO THEOREM - (UK, USA, France and Romania) Film by Terry Gilliam starring Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry and David Thewlis
THOSE HAPPY YEARS - (Italy) Film by Daniele Luchetti starring Kim Rossi Stuart and Micaela Ramazzotti
WALTZ FOR MONICA - (Sweden) Film by Per Fly starring Edda Magnason


WE ARE THE BEST! - (Sweden) Film by Lukas Moodysson

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