The French Institute of Morocco has unveiled an ambitious programme of more than 800 events during the 2016 cultural season
The programme included 200 performing arts events, 300 days of exhibitions, 400 film screenings and a score of other major events in 12 Moroccan cities.
With warmer weather arriving Moroccans are ready for the festival season to begin, starting with the French Film Festival from March 18th to 20th. The event will be hosted simultaneously in five cities: Casablanca, Marrakech, Meknes, Tangier and Tetouan.
The opening film is Mohamed Hamidi’s La Vache. The film is a road movie with a twist. The travelling companions are Algerian farmer Fatah (Fatsah Bouyahmed) and his prize cow Jacqueline who he dreams of entering in competition in Paris at the renowned Salon de l’Agriculture.
The scenario is nothing new. It’s roughly the basis of the classic 1959 French film La Vache et le Prisonnier (The Cow and I) directed by Henri Verneuil with comic actor Fernandel in the lead role. Verneuil’s film was a huge hit and likewise Hamidi’s La Vache swept the board at the recent Comedy Film Festival in the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez.
French Moroccan actor Jamel Debbouze co-stars and is also the film's co-producer.
Fatima from director Philippe Faucon, who won the Louis Delluc Prize in December 2015 and the César Award for Best Film in 2016 will also be shown in the selection of 7 movies.
Ticket prices are being kept down to ensure Moroccans can afford to enjoy the movies.
See also our story on the Meknes Festival of animation