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Marrakech Film Fest Plans Tribute to Scandinavian Cinema

Martin Scorsese
2013 Jury President Martin Scorcese

Nordic countries will be honored at the North African festival, where Martin Scorcese will serve as this year’s jury president.

CANNES -- A little Northern light will shine at this year’s Marrakech International Film Festival, with a tribute to Scandinavian cinema on Dec. 4.

The North African festival -- attracting an international roster of stars, such as this year’s jury president Martin Scorcese -- is looking to strengthen its ties with the region, which has traditionally had a strong presence at the festival. In 2012, Danish director Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking took home the jury prize and the best actor award for star Soren Malling.

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Established in 2001, the festival somewhat focuses on the francophone world but draws a diverse slate of influential international stars -- Leonardo DiCaprio, John Malkovich, Keanu Reeves, Gael Garcia Bernal and Jessica Chastain have all made stops there in recent years -- and is chaired by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco.

The festival shows about 120 films during the weeklong event and runs from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7.