Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Eleventh Marrakesh International Film Festival

The 11th annual Marrakesh International Film Festival runs from December 2nd to the 10th.

The festival jury will vote for the Golden Star for best film, a jury prize and kudos for best actress and actor.

This year's Competition selection includes 15 films from 15 different countries, including 10 titles from first-time directors. Signourney Weaver will also be in town presiding over the Cinecoles Short Film Jury. Several high-profile titles will screen out of competition including David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, Sam Levinson’s Another Happy Day, Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold, Ami Canaan Mann’s Texas Killing Fields, Cristina Comencini’s When the Night, Gerardo Naranjo’s Miss Bala, Faouzi Bensaidi’s Death for Sale and Philippe Lefebvre’s Paris By Night.

The festival will pay tribute to Mexican cinema with several special screenings and will also screen several Moroccan films.


A handful of films will screen for the public at the city’s central squate the Place Djemaa El Fna including earlier works like Jean-Jacques Annaud’s The Bear from 1988 and Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai from 1999 and more recent titles such as Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan from 2010 and Roschdy Zem’s Omar Killed Me from 2011.

Miss Bala

180° by Cihan Inan - Switzerland - 1st film
BABY FACTORY (Bahay bata) by Eduardo Roy Jr. & Almon L. Derla - Philippines - 1st film
 BELVEDERE by Ahmed Imamovic - Bosnia Herzegovina - 2nd film
DEATH IS MY PROFESSION by Amir Hossein Saghafi - Iran - 1st film
DON'T BE AFRAID (No tengas miedo) by Montxos Armendariz - Spain - 8th film
I CARRIED YOU HOME by Tongpong Chantarangkul - Thailand - 1st film
LAND OF OBLIVION (La Terre outragée) by Michale Boganim - France, Germany, Poland - 1st film
LOUISE WIMMER by Cyril Mennegun - France - 1st film
OUT OF BOUNDS (Labrador) by Frederikke Aspöck - Denmark - 1st film
RIVER OF GOLD (Rio de oro) by Pablo Aldrete - Mexico - 1st film
SEVEN ACTS OF MERCY (Sette opere di misericordia) by Gianluca & Massimiliano De Serio - Italy - 1st film
SNEAKERS (Ketcove) by Valeri Yordanov & Ivan Vladimirov - Bulgaria - 1st film
SNOWTOWN by Justin Kurtzel - Australia - 1st film
THE RIF LOVER (L'Amante du Rif) by Narjiss Nejjar - Morocco - 4th film - Opening film
WITHOUT by Mark Jackson - USA - 1st film


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