Paolo Sorrentino will be joined by Danish director Susanne Bier, American-Guatemalan actor and producer Oscar Isaac, British actress Vanessa Kirby, German actress Diane Kruger, Australian director Justin Kurzel, Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki, Moroccan director Laïla Marrakchi and French actor Tahar Rahim.
Susanne Beer. While this multi-award-winning screenwriter and director often situates her work in a universal, mainstream context, she anchors it in intimacy, exploring explosive emotions and the complexity of family ties. It is, among other things, this unique combination that makes her one of the greatest Danish directors and a leading figure in international cinema. After the Wedding (2006) was selected in competition for the Oscar for best foreign film; a few years later, Revenge (2010) won this award, as well as the Italian Golden Globes for Best European Film and the Best Director Award at the European Film Awards. She won an Emmy in 2016 for her six-part miniseries The Night Manager: The Two-Faced Spy. Shortly after, his film Bird Box became the most watched Netflix film in the history of the platform. In 2020, she directed the series The Undoing, the first HBO series whose audience is growing week by week.
Oscar Isaac is an award-winning actor, producer and musician. Recently, he was nominated for SAG Awards and Emmy Awards for his role in HBO and Hagai Levi’s adaptation of Scenes from Married Life. In 2016, he won a Golden Globe for his role in the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero as well as a Critics’ Choice Award nomination. In 2014, he earned an Independent Spirit Award and a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of the title character in Joel and Ethan Coen’s film Inside Llewyn Davis. His film and TV roles include: A Most Violent Year (2014), Ex Machina (2015), Star Wars Third Trilogy (2015 – 2019), The Promise (2016), Operation Finale (2018), Triple Frontier (2019), At Eternity’s Gate (2019), The Card Counter (2021), Dune (2021), Moon Knight (2022). In 2017, Isaac headlined The Public’s Theater summer production of Hamlet, directed by Sam Gold. He also appeared in Zoe Kazan’s We Live Here at the Manhattan Theater Club, then in Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona as part of The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park program. The announcement has just been made that in February 2023, Isaac will star alongside Rachel Brosnahan in the first major revival of The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, directed by Anne Kaufman at the BAM Harvey Theatre. In the theater, he also participates in Beauty of the Father (Manhattan Theater Club), Grace (MCC Theatre), When It’s Cocktail Time in Cuba (Cherry Lane Theatre), Spinning into Butter (Hangar Theatre). In 2019, Isaac and his wife, writer and director Elvira Lind, started their production company Mad Gene Media. The first project under this banner, The Letter Room, is a short film created and directed by Lind and starring Isaac. The film was nominated for an Oscar in 2021.
Vanessa Kirby. BAFTA, Golden Globe and Oscar nominee, this actress enjoys international success for her work in film, television and theatre. She began her theater career playing under the direction of David Thacker, with a first appearance in They Were All My Sons by Arthur Miller, which earned her the BISA Prize for Newcomer. Vanessa Kirby made her television debut in the series The Hour, broadcast on the BBC, and appeared in numerous films, such as Charlie Countryman (2013) by Fredrik Bond, It was about time (2013) by Richard Curtis, Queen and Country (2014) by John Boorman and Jupiter: The Fate of the Universe (2015) directed by Lana and Lili Wachowski. For two seasons, she played the role of Princess Margaret in the multi-award winning Netflix series The Crown, for which she won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and an Emmy Award nomination in the same category. . With her role in Pieces of a Woman (2020) by Kornél Mundruczó, Vanessa Kirby won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, and a BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination. Currently, we can see her in The Son of Florian Zeller, in world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Next year will release Ridley Scott’s Napoleon, in which Vanessa plays Empress Josephine opposite Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon.
Diane Kruger became one of the most respected actresses in world cinema. Originally from Germany, she was propelled onto the international scene thanks to the role of the infamous Hélène in the film Troy (2004) by Wolfgang Petersen. Other notable roles followed, including Wicker Park (2004) by Paul McGuigan, Merry Christmas (2005) by Christian Carion, Beethoven’s Pupil (2006) directed by Agnieszka Holland, Goodbye Bafana (2007) by Bille August and Pour elle (2008) by Fred Cavayé. She is best known for her role in Fatih Akin’s In the Fade (2017), for which she won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival at the film’s world premiere. Her character in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds (2009) is one of her most memorable, and earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 2012, she headlined Benoît Jacquot’s film Farewell to the Queen, which received critical acclaim at its world premiere at the Berlinale. In October 2022, Diane Kruger publishes her first children’s book, A Name from Heaven.
Justin Kurzel. Born in Gawler, Australia in 1974, this director produced his first short film, Blue Tongue (2004), before directing his first feature film, The Crimes of Snowtown (2011), for which he won the AACTA Award for best director. and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards in the same category, not forgetting the Jury Prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival. His second film, a gripping adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (2015), is in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Subsequently, he directed Assassin’s Creed (2016) – adapted from the world famous video game -, The Kelly Gang (2019), a film which presents a new perspective on the famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, presented for the first times at the Toronto International Festival. Nitram, Justin Kurzel’s latest film, made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, and won Caleb Landry Jones the Best Actor award. The film went on to win a host of AACTA Awards, including Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay, and all four acting awards.
Nadine Labaki. In 2004, this Lebanese actress and director was invited to the Residence of the Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival where she wrote and developed her first feature film, Caramel. This joyful and rebellious ode to female solidarity, presented for the first time in 2007 at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, became one of the greatest Lebanese international cinematographic successes. Then she realizes Where do we go now? (2011), a courageous and universal fable which enjoyed great success, with a world premiere in Cannes and winning the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. His film Capernaüm (2018), won the Jury Prize at the official Cannes competition, then was selected for the BAFTAs, the Golden Globes, the Césars and the Oscars. On screen, Labaki plays in his own films, and under the direction of many directors such as Fred Cavayé in Mea Culpa (2014), Georges Hachem in Balle Perdue (2010), Laïla Marrakchi in Rock the Casbah (2013), Oualid Mouaness in 1982 (2019), Mounia Akl in Costa Brava (2021) and Wissam Smayra in We know each other… or not (2022). She is decorated with the insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.
Laila Marrakchi was born and raised in Casablanca. She left to study in Paris at the ESRA (Higher School of Audiovisual Production) and holds a Master’s degree in cinema from the University of Paris 8 Vincennes Saint Denis. Marock (2005), his first feature film, was selected at the Cannes Film Festival, in the “Un Certain Regard” section. The film, centered on a love story between two teenagers, a Muslim and a Jew, won great critical and public success and became a classic of Moroccan cinema. His second film, Rock the Casbah (2013), brings together a prestigious cast including Hiam Abbas, Nadine Labaki, Lubna Azabal, Morjana Alaoui and Omar Sharif. Laïla Marrakchi directed 5 episodes of the series Le bureau des legendes. She also directed two episodes of The Eddy, the series created by Damien Chazelle for Netflix. She recently collaborated in the Franco-Belgian production Opéra. Currently, Laila Marrakchi, is working on her next feature film La Más Dulce which deals with the plight of Moroccan workers in strawberry farms in Spain. She is also developing the Casa Girls series, which recounts the sentimental tribulations of four young women in Casablanca today.
Tahar Rahim. His acting career took off in 2009 when Jacques Audiard offered him the lead role in his film A Prophet. The film won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival and nine Césars, including the César for Best Male Newcomer and the César for Best Actor for his critically acclaimed performance. His international career began with The Eagle of the Ninth Legion (2011) by Kevin Mcdonald, Love and Bruises (2011) by Lou Ye and Or Noir (2011) by Jean-Jacques Annaud. In 2013, Tahar Rahim returned to Cannes with Le Passé, directed by Asghar Farhadi, and Grand Central by Rebecca Zlotowski. It is thanks to these successes that he was offered the lead role in The Cut (2014) by Fatih Akin, Les Anarchistes (2015) by Elie Wajeman, Mend the Living (2016) by Katell Quillévéré and Daguerreotype (2016) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Tahar Rahim is the headliner in the series The Serpent, recently released on Netflix, and in Designated Guilty (2021) by Kevin Mcdonald, along with Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch. Key role in Extrapolations with Meryl Streep, Kit Harrington and Sienna Miller, soon on the screens, we will also find him in an important role in the next Marvel, Madame Webb.
Representing 10 different countries from 4 continents, the jury of this 19th edition is in the image of the Marrakech International Film Festival, an event that celebrates world cinema.
The jury will deliver its verdict during the closing evening of the Festival on November 19, 2022
Paolo Sorrentino was born in Naples in 1970. His first feature film, L’uomo in più (The extra man), selected at the Venice Film Festival in 2001, marked the start of his collaboration with Toni Servillo, with whom he would shoot several films. His next six films were selected in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival: Le conseguenze dell’amore (The consequences of love, 2004); L’amico di famiglia (Friend of the family, 2006); Il Divo (2008), which won the Jury Prize; This must be the place (2011), filmed in the United States with Sean Penn and Frances McDormand; La Grande Bellezza (2013) which won the Oscar and the Golden Globe for best foreign language film; and Youth (2015) – La giovinezza which brings together Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda. The film received 3 European Film Awards, 1 Oscar nomination and 2 Golden Globe nominations. In 2016, The Young Pope, his first television series, received 1 Golden Globe nomination and 2 Emmy Award nominations. In 2018, his eighth film, Loro (Silvio and the others) was selected at the Toronto Film Festival. In 2019, Sorrentino directed the television series The New Pope starring Jude Law and John Malkovich. In 2021, È stata la mano di Dio (The Hand of God) was presented at the Venice Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize. The film also received an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.
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8 members of different nationalities and from 4 continents will surround President Paolo Sorrentino