Details for the 11th Marrakech International Film Festival were unveiled Wednesday with 83 films from 21 countries set for its competitions and other sections.
Actor Mohamed Bastaoui, Italian director Marco Bellocchio, American director Terry Gilliam, Indian actor and director Shah Rukh Khan, American actor-director Forest Whitaker and Moroccan actor-director Roschdy Zem set to be honored at the event, taking place in the Moroccan city December 2 – 10.
Lineup details for the Marrakech International Film Festival with details provided by the event:
“180° Switzerland,” by Cihan Inan 2nd film
starring Christopher Buchholz, Sophie Rois, Michael Neuenschwander, Asli Bayram, Siir Eloglu, Carla Juri, Güven Kirac, Mehmet Atesci, Firat Kaplan, Umut Yildirim
Early evening in a big city. A teenage couple shyly flirt with each other, a housewife sits down to watch a daily soap, nurses in a hospital gossip before the nightshift starts, a trendy couple drives through rush hour, so excited they can hardly wait to get home, a man with a rifle enters a building seeking revenge. In the blink of an eye seemingly unrelated events turn upside down what were once secure, happy, “normal” lives.
“Baby Factory” (Bahay bata) Philippines, by Eduardo Roy Jr. & Almond L. Derla 1st film
starring Diana Zubiri, Sue Prado, Yul Servo, Mailes Kanapi, Janna Tiangco
Sarah is a nurse at a Public Maternity Hospital. The hospital is short on staff on Christmas Day so Sarah is forced to put in a double shift. The wards are over-crowded: two women and their babies sharing single beds while those in labor are spilling unto the hallways. Sarah takes these all in stride, her heart and mind laboring over her own personal pains.
“Belvedere” Bosnia Herzegovina, by Ahmed Imamovic 2nd film
starring Sadžida Šetić, Nermin Tulić, Minka Muftić, Armin Rizavnović, Adis Omerović
This is an intimate story of the survivors of Srebrenica genocide facing a world of contrasts. On one hand, there is their relentless search for the truth while, on the other, there are trivialities of everyday realities of transitional society obsessed with reality shows used as a device to fabricate individuals characterized by superficiality. And when these two worlds collide in a dysfunctional society, a bomb starts its countdown.
“Death Is My Profession,” Iran, by Amir Hossein Saghafi 1st film
starring Pejman Bazeghi, Amir Aghaei, Maryam Boobani, Sonia Espahram, Mahchehreh Khalili, Akbar Sangi, Ramin Rastad
Three ordinary workers in Iran’s alpine region face hardships in providing for their families and end up trying to sell stolen high-voltage power lines. During the burglary, they accidentally kill someone and wind up fugitives…
“Don’t Be Afraid” (No tengas miedo) Spain, by Montxos Armendariz 8th film
starring Michelle Jenner, Lluis Homar, Belén Rueda, Nuria Gago, Cristina Plazas, Rubén Ochandiano, Javier Pereira
Silvia is a young girl marked by a dark childhood. When she is hardly twenty-five, she decides to start over and to face people, feelings and emotions that keep her bound to the past. In her fight against adversity and against herself, she will learn to control her fears and become an adult, responsible for her own actions.
“I Carried You Home” Thailand, by Tongpong Chantarangkul 1st film
starring Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Akhamsiri Suwannasuk, Torphong Kul-on, Porntip Kamlung
A mother comes to Bangkok to visit her teenage daughter, Pann, who lies to her to avoid spending time with her. Soon after Pann returns to her friends, she receives a phone call from her aunt in tears that her Mum has been in a terrible accident and is in a coma. Pann hurries to contact her elder sister, Pinn, who had run away from her marriage to Singapore to start a new life away from family constraints. Both of them will be forced to spend time together and to slowly begin to open up to each other again.
“Land of Oblivion” (La Terre outragée) France / Germany / Poland by Michale Boganim 1st film
starring Olga Kurylenko, Illya Iosivof, Andrzej Chyra, Vyacheslav Slanko, Serguei Strelnikov, Nikita Emshanov
April 26, 1986. On that day, Anya and Piotr celebrate their marriage. Little Valery and his father Alexei, a physicist at the power station in Chernobyl, plant an apple tree. Nikolai, the forest warden, makes his rounds in the surrounding woods. Then, an accident occurs at the power station. Insidiously, the radioactivity transforms nature. Piotr, a volunteer fireman, leaves to extinguish the flames. He never returns. A few days later, the population is evacuated. Alexei, forced to keep silent by the authorities, prefers to disappear. Ten years later, the city of Pripiat has become a no man’s land and a bizarre tourist attraction….
“Louise Wimmer” France, by Cyril Mennegun 1st film
starring Corinne Masiero, Jérôme Kircher, Anne Benoît, Marie Kremer, Jean-Marc Roulot, Frédéric Gorny
Louise Wimmer goes from one small job to another. Despite her loud speech and tall height, she‘d rather stay alone to avoid any conflict. Her past life is now far behind her and everything she owns is in her car. At the dawn of her fifties, she lost everything when separating from her husband, but she wants to make it by herself. Nonetheless it is only if she accepts to open herself to others that she will be able to start her life again.
“Out of Bounds” (Labrador) Denmark, by Frederikke Aspöck 1st film
starring Carsten Bjørnlund, Stephanie León, Jakob Eklund
A desolate, windswept island. Stella and Oskar, a young couple, visit Stella’s father Nathan who lives a lonely life in the company of his labrador dog. Stella is pregnant and looking forward to the birth of their baby, but Oskar appears to be in doubt. When Oskar falls prey to Nathan’s provocations and feels bewildered by the relationship between father and daughter, a clash between the two men is inevitable.
“River of Gold” (Rio de oro) Mexico, by Pablo Aldrete 1st film
starring Gonzalo Lebrija, Stephanie Sigman, Kenny Johnston, Deshava Apachee, Karl Makinen, Chesley Wilson
Sonora, Mexico, 1853. During the war with the Apaches and the invasion of the United States, a muleteer decides to sell his animals to seek a better life in the city of Mexico. To do so, he will have to cross through the mountains that are Apache territory.
“Seven Acts of Mercy” (Sette opere di misericordia) Italy, by Gianluca & Massimiliano De Serio 1st film
starring Roberto Herlitzka, Olimpia Melinte, Ignazio Oliva, Stefano Cassetti, Cosmin Corniciuc
Luminita, a young illegal immigrant living on the edge of a shanty town, has hatched a plan to get herself out of her predicament. To carry it through she bumps into Antonio, a sick and mysterious old man. The clash between the two of them is unavoidable and harsh, and leads to unforeseeable consequences.
“Sneakers” (Ketcove) Bulgaria
by Valeri Yordanov & Ivan Vladimirov 2nd film
starring Philip Avramov, Valeri Yordanov, Ivan Barnev, Vassil Draganov, Ivo Arakov, Ina Nikolova
In the beginning of summer, six young people escape from their failures – in their families, love, money, ambitions, meeting with those that are different. They escape from the City, taken over by those that are different. Each one of them escapes East of Hell… to the point farthest away, the sea coast, a clean and pristine beach. The clean beach brings them together and reopens the prospective of hope to them all. But is such an escape at all possible?
“Snowtown” Australia by Justin Kurtzel 1st film
starring Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, Frank Cwertniak, Matthew Howard, Marcus Howard, Anthony Groves
When sixteen-year-old Jamie is introduced to a charismatic man, a friendship begins. As the relationship grows, so do Jamie’s suspicions until he finds his world threatened by both his loyalty for, and fear of, his newfound father-figure John Bunting, Australia’s most notorious serial killer.
“The Rif Lover” (L’Amante du Rif) | Opening film Morocco
by Narjiss Nejjar 4th film
starring Nadia Kounda, Mourade Zeguendi, Ouidad Elma, Nadia Niazi, Fehd Benchemsi, Omar Lotfi, Siham Assif, Raoula
Aya is twenty years old. She is beautiful, sometimes unsuspicious, often fly-away. She dreams only about love, sublimated and fantasized as one pleases. She drags her freedom from care in the middle of the volutes of kif as her two brothers work for a big trafficker of hashish nicknamed “The Baron”. Their paths cross one April morning and her life gradually begins its descent to hell.
“Without USA” by Mark Jackson 1st film, starring Joslyn Jensen, Ron Carrier, Darren Lenz, Bob Sentinella, Piper Weiss
On a remote wooded island, Joslyn becomes caretaker to an old man trapped in a wheelchair and in a vegetative state. She has no cell signal, no access to the Internet. Processing a hefty personal grief, Joslyn vacillates between finding solace in the old man’s company and feeling fear and suspicion towards him. As the days wear on, her isolated routine devolves into a struggle with sexuality, guilt and loss.
Out of competition:
“A Dangerous Method” by David Cronenberg – Canada/Germany/United Kingdom/Switzerland
“Another Happy Day” by Sam Levinson – USA
“Balck Gold” (Or noir) by Jean-Jacques Annaud – France/Italy
“Daysof Grace” (Días de gracia) by Everardo Gout – Mexico/France
“Death for Sale” by Faouzi Bensaïdi – Belgium/France/Morocco
“Miss Bala” by Gerardo Naranjo – Mexico
“My Back Page (Mai bakku pêjî) by Nobuhiro Yamashita – Japan
“Paris by Night” (Une nuit) by Philippe Lefebvre – France
“Texas Killing Fields” by Ami Canaan Mann – USA
“When the Night” (Quando la notte) by Cristina Comencini – Italy