Friday, April 08, 2016

Moroccan Film and Arts News Update

The French Institute in Fez presents excerpts from 'The Life of Galileo' by Bertolt Brecht

This new staging is by Frederick Maragnani is designed for five actors and aims to unite young professional actors from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art and Cultural Animation (ISADAC) in Rabat with actors from the National School of Theatre Arts and Techniques (ENSATT) in Lyon.

The issue in that heart of Galileo and of Brecht's writing is that of the practical movement. Galileo discovered for the motion of the Earth around the sun, whereas Brecht's ideas of movement challenges the brutal social and political construction of our entire society.

Tuesday, April 19, 19h at the Cultural Complex Al Houria

The Fan Cello Ensemble perform in Fez

The cellists are all graduates of the major French music conservatories of Paris and Lyon, and winners of prestigious international competitions. The Fez concert is part of a tour in all the French Institutes of Morocco.

Under the artistic leadership of Frédéric Audibert are Florent Audibert (of the Haute Normandie regional orchestra), Frédéric Lagarde (cello of the orchestra of the Paris Opera), Guillermo Lefèvre (professor at the CNR Nice), Paul-Antoine de Rocca Serra (Professor of the national school of music Bastia), Thierry Trinari (cellist of the Philharmonic orchestra of Nice), Thierry Amadi (cellist of the Philharmonic orchestra of Monte Carlo ) and Victor Popescu (cellist of the Philharmonic orchestra of Nice).  They form a formidable set the bows, sharpened to serve the music at the highest level.

These "musical Musketeers" as they describe themselves, are all strong individual talents who enter osmosis to produce a superb musical discourse - "All for one music and one for all". Their repertoire is built on all musical styles, and covers more than three centuries of music, mixture of original works and transcriptions of contemporary creations.

Tuesday, April 12, 19h, Dar Batha, Free entry

Filming in Morocco - Prison Break & High Wire Act

Over the next three weeks residents of Casablanca, Rabat and Ouarzazate may will bump into the Scofield brothers. They are in Morocco filming the fifth season of the series "Prison Break".

"Prison Break," which began in 2005, was a resounding success by bringing in his first season almost 10 million American viewers per episode, reaching an audience of 3 million people each week on average during its fourth and final season.

Jon Hamm will be in Morocco in coming weeks for the filming in Tangier and Tetouan of the political thriller "High Wire Act," directed by American Tony Gilroy ( "Michael Clayton," "Jason Bourne"), co-produced by Ted Field and Mike Weber and directed by Brad Anderson.

In the film, which takes place in Beirut in the 1980s, Jon Hamm plays the role of a former US diplomat recalled to duty to help a former colleague who would be responsible for the death of his family.

The actress Rosamund Pike ( "Gone Girl") will also star in the film. She will play a CIA agent in the US embassy in Lebanon, with the objective of  ensuring the success of his mission.

Jon Hamm

“I’m thrilled the way the project’s come together,” Anderson said. “Jon Hamm was made to play the part.”

Hamm has been active in movies during the seven-season run of “Mad Men,” which concludes May 17. He’s appeared in “The Town,” “Bridesmaids” and “Million Dollar Arm” and will be seen next year in Fox’s “Keeping Up with the Joneses.”

Anderson’s previous films include “The Machinist,” “Transsiberian” and “The Call” with Halle Berry. He has also directed several TV pilots, including “Zoo” for CBS.

That production has obtained a Moroccan filming permit which runs from March 28 to June 17, 2016.

The 7th art in the service of the right to life

The Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty and the Moroccan Organisation for Human Rights have joined together to organise the first festival of the film against the death penalty, under the theme "The 7th art in the service of law life ". The Coalition is inviting the public to join them from 11 to 16 April at the Art Cinema Rabat. Entry is free.

الدخول مجاني! الائتلاف المغربي من اجل الغاء عقوبة الإعدام والمنظمة المغربية لحقوق الإنسان ينظمان المهرجان الأول للفيلم ضد عقوبة الإعدام تحت شعار" الفن السابع في خدمة الحق في الحياة ". ندعوكم للانضمام إلينا من 11 إلى 16 أبريل علی الساعة السادسة بقاعة الفن السابع الرباط.

Chefchaouen ~ 10th edition of the Alegria Festival, 15th and 16th of July

The 10th edition of the music festival "Alegria" will be held in Chefchaouen, with the participation of a large number of Moroccan and foreign artists.

This cultural event will be attended by a host of talented Moroccan, Spanish and Latin American artists.

The city of Chefchaouen hopes to see its heritage magnified by the exotic rhythms of strings, brass and percussion that will resonate throughout the famous blue streets of the Medina.

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