Marrakech Fest Adds Star Power

Organizers are going all out for the film festival's 10th anniversary

PARIS -- The "Red City" will glitter with star power at this year's 10th annual Marrakech Film Festival with Sigourney Weaver, James Caan, Harvey Keitel and Francis Ford Coppola among the famous faces expected to attend the Moroccan film fest from Dec 3 – 11.

The fest will kick off with Malcolm Venville's Henry's Crime complete with the film's stars James Caan and Keanu Reeves. Caan will also be in town to receive an homage to his career alongside fellow homage honorees Harvey Keitel, Japanese director Kitoshi Kurosawa, Moroccan director Abderrahman Tazi and a posthumous award to Moroccan actor Larbi Doghmi.

Sigourney Weaver will preside over the short films competition jury with Palestinian actress and director Hiam Abbass, French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, Iranian director Marjane Satrapi, Moroccan director Adil Fadili and French director Xavier Beauvois by her side.

Francis Ford Coppola, Belgian directing duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne and South Korean filmmaker Lee Changdong will all lead master classes throughout the nine-day event.

Organizers are going all out for the film festival's 10th anniversary with a previously announced A-list jury including president John Malkovich, plus Eva Mendes, Gael Garcia Bernal, Gabriel Byrne and Maggie Cheung alongside French director Benoit Jacquot, Morocco's Faouzi Bensaidi and Egyptian actress Yousra.

France is this year's country of honor and famous attendees from Gaul are expected to be announced in the coming days.

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