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Paolo Sorrentino will chair the Marrakech International Film Festival – Deadline

Paolo Sorrentino will chair the Marrakech International Film Festival – Deadline

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino has been named president of the jury for Morocco’s Marrakech International Film Festival, which will be held as a physical event for the first time in three years from November 11-19.

the oscar winner the great beauty and nominated The hand of God The filmmaker previously attended the festival in 2013, as a member of the jury chaired by Martin Scorsese alongside Marion Cotillard, Golshifteh Farahani and Park Chan-wook among others.

“The Marrakech International Film Festival is for me the place where the dream of seeing numerous films with Martin Scorsese and spending days talking about cinema with him and other talented colleagues came true,” said Sorrentino.

The jury awards the festival’s Gold Star (Étoile d’Or) to one of the first 14 or second feature films in the international competition. Recent winners include Austrian director Sudabeh Mortezai’s film Happiness (2018) and Colombian filmmaker Nicolás Rincón Gille. valley of souls (2019).

This will be a particularly significant edition for Marrakech, as it marks the event’s first in-person iteration since 2019 after the pandemic caused its cancellation in 2020 and also dashed hopes of a 2021 revival.

“I believe, I want to believe, that the theaters will be filled again and I am sure that many wonderful films will be released soon. Witnessing this renaissance from such a symbolic place, discovering the cinema of tomorrow from such an interesting cultural and geographical point of view, will be an additional gift”, said Sorrentino.

This year also marks the first physical edition for incoming Artistic Director Rémi Bonhomme, who was appointed to the role on the eve of the pandemic and kept the spirit of the event alive all this time with virtual iterations of his project marketplace Atlas Workshops focused on the industry.

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