Marrakech Film Fest Adds Past Jury Presidents to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Festival's competition lineup includes movies from 10 first-time directors and three sophomore efforts from 15 countries.

PARIS -- The 10th annual Marrakech film fest will see past and future collide when 10 first-time directors showcase their films in Competition as past jury presidents add even more star power to the already talent-heavy event.

Former jury presidents Charlotte Rampling, Volker Schlondorff, Alan Parker, Milos Forman and Barry Levinson will join this year’s Jury topper John Malkovich in Marrakech to celebrate the fest’s 10th birthday.

The 15 title-strong competition lineup features films from 10 first-time directors plus three sophomore efforts from 15 different countries all vying for the fest's top prizes to be awarded at a prize ceremony on Dec. 11.

Philip Seymour Hoffman will represent the U.S. with his first run behind the camera Jack Goes Boating.

Italian director Claudio Cupellini will make some noise in the Moroccan city with his second film A Quiet Life and Sri Lankan helmer Prasanna Jayakody will hope for good Karma with his second film.

Morocco will showcase its own talent with Talal Selhami’s first film Mirages and Chinese director Haolun Shu will bring festivalgoers to No.89 Shimen Road with his freshman title.

Other first timers include: David Michod’s Animal Kingdom from Australia, Alejandro Gerber Bicecci’s Beclouded from Mexico, Vanja d’Alcantara’s Beyond the Steppes from Russia, Poland and Belgium, Sophie Schoukens’ Belgian-German co-production Marieke, Marieke, Carlos Augusto de Oliviera’s Danish film Rosa Morena, Feo Aladag’s German title When We Leave and Park Jungbum’s The Journals of Musan from South Korea. Alexey Uchitel’s The Edge from Russia, Filipino director Mark Meily’s Donor and Luis Sampieri’s sophomore pic End round out the competition.

The 10th annual Marrakech International Film Fest will run from Dec. 3-11 in the North African city.

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