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Marrakech Film Festival Announces Masterclasses From Abbas Kiarostami, Nicolas Winding Refn, James Gray and More

Marrakech Film Festival Announces Masterclasses From Abbas Kiarostami, Nicolas Winding Refn, James Gray and More

Since 2007, the Marrakech Film Festival has held its annual masterclass series, featuring talks from brand-name auteurs as they reflect on their films and methods. This year, the festival, which runs from November 29-December 7, welcomes Bruno Dumont, James Gray, Abbas Kiarostami, Nicolas Winding Refn, and philosopher Régis Debray for the occasion.   

MFF also boasts a rather impressive jury, with Martin Scorsese presiding over the likes of Marion Cotillard, Patricia Clarkson, Park Chan-wook, Paolo Sorrentino, as noted in a previous announcement.

Full press release on page 2.

Marrakech International Film Festival Announces the 2013 Masterclasses

MASTERCLASSES

Introduced
in 2007, the masterclasses have become an essential part of the
Marrakech International Film Festival. In 2012, directors Darren
Aronofsky, Jonathan Demme, Matteo Garrone and Brillante Mendoza honored
the festival with their masterclasses, following in the footsteps of
Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Emir Kusturica, Jean-Pierre and Luc
Dardenne, and Francis Ford Coppola, to name but a few. Once again this
year, several of the world’s greatest directors and a philosopher will
be sharing some exceptional moments with movie-lovers during the
festival.

Bruno Dumont

James Gray

Abbas Kiarostami

Nicolas Winding Refn

Régis Debray

Bruno Dumont

Director & screenwriter (France)

Masterclass on Sunday 1st December

© 3B Productions – Roger Arpajou

Bruno
Dumont was born in 1958 in Bailleul, in the Nord department of France.
Located in Flanders, between Lille and Dunkirk, Bailleul provided the
location for Dumont’s first two films, THE LIFE OF JESUS (1997) and
HUMANITÉ (1999). Both pictures won awards at Cannes – the Caméra d’Or
Special Mention for the former, and the Jury Prize and Best Actor and
Best Actress for the latter – marking Dumont out as a unique filmmaker
who goes against the grain of contemporary French production. To him,
cinema is another approach – a more fun one, perhaps – to philosophy
which he studied in depth at university (history of religion and cinema
aesthetics) and went on to teach. In 2003, he left the north of France
behind and headed for California with TWENTYNINE PALMS, a road movie
combining violence and sexuality. The filmmaker returned to his northern
roots with FLANDERS (2006), which he described as “a film of desire and
war”, and which won him another Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes.
Bruno Dumont furthered his examination of religious mysticism and
fanatical behavior in HADEWIJCH (2009). Three years later and in the
same spirit, the filmmaker made OUTSIDE SATAN, which was screened in the
Un Certain Regard sidebar of the 64th Festival de Cannes. In 2013, he
has led Juliette Binoche into the most shady corners of Camille
Claudel’s esprit in CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915. This first collaboration with a
professional actress screened in competition at the Berlin Film
Festival. Bruno Dumont is currently finishing “P’tit Quinquin”, a police
mini-series of four episodes for the Franco-German channel Arte.

FILMOGRAPHY

2013 CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915

2011 OUTSIDE SATAN

2009 HADEWIJCH

2006 FLANDERS

2003 TWENTYNINE PALMS

1999 HUMANITÉ

1997 THE LIFE OF JESUS

1994 MARIE ET FREDDY – short 1993 PARIS – short

James Gray

Director, screenwriter & producer (USA)

Masterclass on Monday 2nd December

© DR

Born
in New York in 1969, James Gray grew up in Queens and began his
directorial career at the age of 25 with LITTLE ODESSA. This first
feature-length film was met with critical acclaim, as was its lead
actor, Tim Roth. He won the Critics’ Prize at the Deauville American
Film Festival and a Silver Lion at Venice. Six years later, in 2000,
James Gray wrote and directed his second feature, THE YARDS, in which he
directed Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and James Caan. This film noir
screened in competition at the Festival de Cannes and marked the start
of a long collaboration with actor Joaquin Phoenix, whom Gray made his
hero and his alter ego in his subsequent movies. After a long dispute
with Miramax over the final cut of THE YARDS, Gray made WE OWN THE
NIGHT, a dark work in which he returned to one of his favorite themes –
family – and once again, the world of the Russian mafia. The film
screened in competition at Cannes and was met with international
success, turning James Gray into the great hope for the future of
American cinema. Shot in under 40 days and edited right after, TWO
LOVERS was the surprise of the Festival de Cannes a year later where it
screened in competition. While he revisited a few themes from his
detective trilogy – such as the Russian Jewish community in Brooklyn and
family ties – James Gray broke with film noir and made a realistic
romantic drama shot through with melancholy and darkness. In 2012, the
Marrakech International Film Festival welcomed James Gray as a member of
its Feature Film Jury. This year, after THE IMMIGRANT – a first
historic film inspired by classic American melodramas from the 1930s and
1940s, which screened in competition at the last Festival de Cannes –
James Gray is returning to Marrakesh to share his passion for cinema in a
masterclass.

FILMOGRAPHY

*also producer /**also writer

Director & screenwriter

2013 THE IMMIGRANT*

2008 TWO LOVERS*

2007 WE OWN THE NIGHT

2000 THE YARDS

1994 LITTLE ODESSA

Producer

2013 BLOOD TIES by Guillaume Canet**

Abbas Kiarostami

Director & screenwriter (Iran)

Masterclass on Tuesday 3rd December

© DR

Born
in 1940 in Iran, Abbas Kiarostami attented Teheran University Art
College and started his cinematographic career designing credits and
directing advertisements. In 1969, he founded the Cinematographic
Department of the Institute for Children and Young Adults Intellectual
Development that, in the course of the years, has produced a relevant
number of high quality Iranian movies, by directors such as: Amir
Naderi, Bahram Beysaï, Dariush Mehrjui, Ebrahim Forouzesh and Sohab
Shahid Saless. Abbas Kiarostami also directed numerous short films,
including BREAD AND ALLEY. In 1974, he wrote and directed his first
feature film THE TRAVELER about one of his favourite subjects: the
child. Then he directed REPORT (1977) and the documentary film FIRST
GRADERS (1984), followed by WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOME ? (1987) and AND
LIFE GOES ON (1992). In 1992, Abbas Kiarostami obtained international
recognition by receiving the Roberto Rossellini Prize at the Cannes
Festival for his career. Then he directed THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES (1994)
and TASTE OF CHERRY (1996), which obtained the Palme d’Or at the 1997
Cannes Festival. The same year, Unesco bestowed upon him the Fellini
medal. In 1999, his seventh feature film THE WIND WILL CARRY US won the
Grand Jury Prize of the Venice Festival. In 2002, his first collection
of poem “Walking With The Wind” was published. Next year, Abbas
Kiarostami was appointed “Officier des Arts et des Lettres”, for
outstanding achievements in the arts, by France’s Culture Secretary. In
2009, he directed Juliette Binoche in CERTIFIED COPY. LIKE SOMEONE IN
LOVE, his tenth feature film, was selected in competition at the 2012
Cannes Film Festival.

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY * also writer

2012 LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE*

2009 CERTIFIED COPY*

2008 SHIRIN*

2002 TEN*

1999 THE WIND WILL CARRY US*

1996 TASTE OF CHERRY*

1994 THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES*

1992 AND LIFE GOES ON…*

1987 WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOME ?*

1977 REPORT*

1974 THE TRAVELER*

Nicolas Winding Refn

Director, screenwriter & producer (Denmark)

Masterclass on Wednesday 4th December

© Jonas Bie

Born
in 1970 in Copenhagen, Nicolas Winding Refn – the son of Lars von
Trier’s regular editor Andres Refn – is recognized today for his modern
and innovative style. In 1996, his first film, PUSHER, which featured
the young actor Mads Mikkelsen, won him immediate critical acclaim.
Since then, all his films have been welcomed by the world’s most
prestigious festivals: PUSHER II : WITH BLOOD IN MY HANDS (2004) and
PUSHER III : THE ANGEL OF DEATH (2005) – the second and third parts of
the Pusher trilogy – were presented at Toronto; BLEEDER and VALHALLA
RISING screened in Venice in 1999 and 2009 respectively; and FEAR X and
BRONSON screened at Sundance in 2003 and 2009. His film DRIVE won him
Best Director in Cannes in 2011 and went on to become his biggest
critical and commercial success to date. ONLY GOD FORGIVES, Nicolas
Winding Refn’s second collaboration with Ryan Gosling, star of DRIVE,
also screened in competition at the Festival de Cannes in 2013.
Influenced by filmmakers like Kenneth Anger, and Alejandro Jodorowsky to
whom he dedicated his last film, Nicolas Winding Refn is currently
working on his latest project, I WALK WITH THE DEAD, coproduced by Wild
Bunch and Gaumont. In parallel, he is working with Gaumont on developing
the BARBARELLA project for television, an adaptation of the comic book
of the same name.

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY

*also producer/**also screenwriter

2013 ONLY GOD FORGIVES**

2011 DRIVE

2009 VALHALLA RISING**

2008 BRONSON**

2005 PUSHER III: I’M THE ANGEL OF DEATH**

2004 PUSHER II: WITH BLOOD ON MY HANDS*/**

2003 FEAR X**

1999 BLEEDER*/**

1996 PUSHER**

Régis Debray on Cinema

Masterclass on Friday 6th December

© DR

In
2012, the sociologist, anthropologist and philosopher Edgar Morin
introduced the festival’s first philosophical forum on cinema, the art
form that “allows us to be more inclusive with each other and to
understand and accept human complexity.” Given the event’s success, the
festival has decided to invite an intellectual this year to give his
vision of cinema during a unique debate with festival attendees. For the
13th edition of the Festival, writer and philosopher Régis Debray will
be our special guest.

Régis
Debray was born on 2 September 1940 in Paris. The son of a top Parisian
lawyer and a former member of the Resistance, he entered the École
Normale Supérieure in 1960 and received his teaching qualification five
years later. The same year, he moved to Cuba and followed Che Guevara to
Bolivia before being captured in 1967 by Bolivian governmental forces.
After his trial, he was condemned to death, a sentence transformed to a
30-year jail term after an international campaign led by Jean-Paul
Sartre. After four years, he was released and settled in Chili before
returning to France in 1973. Between 1981 and 1985, he was François
Mitterrand’s representative for international relations. In 1993, wrote
is PhD thesis entitled “Life and death of the image. A history of the
gaze in the West”. His analysis of the impact of media and communication
led him to create Les Cahiers de médiologie (Gallimard) in 1996. In
1998, he became program director at the International College of
Philosophy, as well as president of the scientific council at the École
Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l’Information et des Bibliothèques
(ENSSIB). In 2002, he was behind the creation of the European Institute
of Religious Sciences (IESR), of which he became president. In 2005, he
created the Médium, Transmettre pour innover review and became honorary
president of the European Institute of Religious Sciences. He was
elected member of the Académie Goncourt in 2011, replacing Michel
Tournier.

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