Paul Haggis, Paul Verhoeven to Give Master Classes at Marrakech Film Fest

Paul Haggis
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The Crash director left the Church in 2009 after being a member for 35 years. He took offense to one branch’s support of Prop 8, which bans gay marriage in California. After his departure, he spoke out against everything the Church stood for in a New Yorker profile by Lawrence WrIght, labeling his former religion a “cult.”

Russian director Pavel Lounguine also will speak at the festival in Morocco's capital.

Oscar winner Paul Haggis and Paul Verhoeven will be among the directors to take to the stage for master classes at this year’s Marrakech Film Festival, which is set to run Dec. 2-10 in the Moroccan capital.

Million Dollar Baby writer and producer and Crash writer, producer and director Haggis, who most recently worked on the Golden Globe-winning miniseries Show Me a Hero, will discuss themes of social justice and racism in his work.

Verhoeven, whose Cannes entry Elle is France’s foreign-language film submission for the Oscars, also will discuss his career.

Cannes best director winner Pavel Lounguine also will give a master class during the weeklong festival. The Russian director’s latest, Queen of Spades, penned by The King’s Speech writer David Seidler, just made its market debut at AFM.

Underground Hungarian director Bela Tarr will chair this year’s Marrakech jury, which includes Oscar-winning Danish director Billie August, Argentinean director Lisandro Alonso and Australian actor Jason Clarke.