Festival organizers called Oscar winner Irons “one of the best-loved actors among film fans the world over,” citing The Mission, Dead Ringers and Reversal of Fortune as just a few of his memorable screen moments that will be remembered during the festival, parts of which are broadcast live on national television.
Organizers also praised Mortensen’s screen career, from his breakout role as an Amish farmer in Witness to the blockbuster Lord of the Rings.
Egyptian actor Adel Imam, who is a big star in the neighboring country, will also be recognized with a tribute.
Irons and Mortensen will join French actress Isabelle Huppert at the North African festival, where she will serve as president of this year’s jury, the role Martin Scorcese took on last year. Remaining jurors and the competition selection will be announced soon.
The Marrakech Film Festival runs Dec. 5-13.