Marrakech unveils competition lineup

Collaborative project '8' to close eighth edition

PARIS -- The "Red City" will be ablaze with international cinema when the eighth annual Marrakech International Film Festival kicks off in the Moroccan capital Nov. 14.

Jury president Barry Levinson will open the nine-day festival with his latest film, "What Just Happened?," and the fest will close with anti-poverty collaborative project "8" from filmmakers including Jane Campion, Mira Nair, Gael Garcia Bernal and Wim Wenders.

The Union Jack will be flying high as the festival celebrates 40 years of British cinema with a 40-film retrospective, while a "Flashback" section will honor iconic filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Joseph Losey.

Steve McQueen's "Hunger" and David Rocksavage's "Shadows in the Sun" will screen in the "Coups de Coeur" special favorite features section and Saul Dibbs' "The Duchess" will make a cameo in the out-of-competition section.

Ridley Scott's "Body of Lies," Fred Cavaye's "Anything for Her" and Dan Harris' "The Girl in the Park" are among other out-of-competition highlights.

Competition titles vying for the Etoile d'Or include Courtney Hunt's Sundance favorite "Frozen River" along with a potpourri of titles from across the globe.

Festivalgoers also will be treated to tributes to Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Yeoh, the late Egyptian director Youssef Chahine and Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky.

A new section devoted to blind and visually impaired audiences in addition to the traditional open-air screenings at Marrakech's famed city square, the Jemaa El Fna, round out the program.

The Marrakech International Film Festival wraps Nov. 22. A complete list of competition films follows.

A list of competition films follows:

"100," Chris Martinez, Philippines
"A Year Ago in Winter," Caroline Link, Germany
"Country Wedding," Vladis Oskarsdottir, Iceland
"Eden," Declan Recks, Ireland
"Empty Nest," Daniel Burman, Argentina
"Flame & Citron," Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark
"Frozen River," Courtney Hunt, U.S.
"Kandisha," Jerome Cohen-Olivar, Morocco
"Prince of Broadway," Sean Baker, U.S.
"Tears of April," Aku Louhimies, Finland
"The First Day of Winter," Mirko Locatelli, Italy
"The Shaft," Zhang Chi, China
"Time to Die," Dorota Kedzierzawaska, Russia
"Wild Field," Mikhail Kalatozishvili
"Zero Bridge," Tariq Tapa, U.S./India
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