FIFM 2022: 10 big names in world cinema in free conversation

Open discussions with artists who, in front of the Marrakech public, will once again share their vision and their practice of cinema, between brilliant demonstrations and tasty anecdotes.

For this edition, the personalities who will come to meet the festival-goers are: the great British actor Jeremy Irons; the talented and energetic French actress and director Julie Delpy; influential, two-time Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi; the French filmmaker, Julia Ducournau, the second woman to have obtained a Palme d’Or in the history of the Cannes Film Festival; Bollywood superstar Ranveer Singh, to whom the Festival will pay tribute; American filmmaker-poet Jim Jarmusch; the now unmissable French actress Marina Foïs; Swedish director Ruben Östlund, winner of 2 Palmes d’or; the singular and rare French filmmaker Léos Carax; and Franco-Lebanese Oscar-winning composer Gabriel Yared.

Leos Carax: French director and screenwriter

He began his film career as a critic and director of short films. He imposed his audacious and iconoclastic aesthetic with his first feature film, Boy Meets Girl, in 1984, then with Bad Blood – in competition at the Berlinale -, in which he continues to explore the difficulties of loving in the contemporary world. In 1991, Les Amants du Pont Neuf was a real critical success. The film that follows, Pola X, adapted from the novel by Melville – Pierre ou les ambiguités – marks his entry into an increasingly experimental type of cinema. Holy Motors by Leos Carax caused a sensation at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012; more recently he directed Annette, which won, among others, the Prix de la Mise en Scène at Cannes.

Julie Delpy, French actress and director

After studying directing and screenwriting at New York University and Columbia, Julie Delpy wrote the screenplay, directed and played the lead role in Two Days in New York; sequel to her critically acclaimed film, Two Days in Paris. She collaborates with Richard Linklater for his trilogy: she is co-screenwriter of Before Sunset and Before Midnight, which earned her numerous prizes for the screenplay; she is also selected in the Best female interpreter category at the Golden Globes and at the Spirit Awards for Before Midnight. Julie Delpy works with many renowned directors, such as Jean-Luc Godard, Agnieszka Holland, Krzysztof Kieslowski and Jim Jarmusch. In 2009, La Comtesse, which she directed and wrote, was in competition at the Berlinale. She won the Best Director Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival with Le Skylab in 2011. More recently, her films Lolo and My Zoé were both selected at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Toronto; in 2021, the series On the Verge, which she writes, directs and produces, is broadcast on Canal+ and Netflix.

Julia Ducourneau: French director and screenwriter

Born in 1983, she graduated from La Fémis, scriptwriting section, she stood out when her short film Junior was selected for the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes in 2011. Her first feature film Grave was presented at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. la Critique in 2016 and received the Fipresci prize. His second feature Titane is screened in competition at Cannes in 2021 and receives the Palme d’Or.


Marina Foïs: French actress

She became a reference in the new French comic landscape during the 2000s, with the successful comedies La Tour Montparnasse infernale, Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra or J’me sens pas belle. In 2003, she was nominated for the César for Best Hope

feminine for Lost Girls, Oily Hair by Claude Duty. But it was in 2007 that she made a remarkable dramatic turn, with the first role of Darling by Christine Carrière. Her performance earned her a first César nomination for Best Actress. Again nominated for the César for Best Actress for Polisse by Maïwenn in 2011, Marina Foïs established herself in the following years as an essential actress in French cinema, with the opuses Papa ou Maman and Le Grand Bain. We have also seen her in the political series Les Sauvages, the comedy Énorme as well as in La Fracture, in official competition at Cannes; she then marked the spirits in the bloody comedy Barbaque. They are alive, Freewheeling, The Year of the Shark, As Bestas and La Syndicalist are his latest films to date.

Jeremy Irons: British Actor

He won the Oscar for Best Actor for the role of Claus von Bülow in Le Mystère von Bülow. He also receives a Golden Globe, an Emmy, a Tony, a SAG and a César. Some of his greatest films include: The French Lieutenant’s Mistress, Mission, Pretence, Kafka, Fatale, Stolen Beauty, Lolita, The Man in the Iron Mask, Kingdom of Heaven and Inland Empire. He has acted in several recently released films, including Margin Call, High-Rise, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Man Who Defied Infinity, Red Sparrow,

The Vise of Munich and House of Gucci. Executive producer of Trashed – an award-winning environmental documentary directed by Candida Brady – he also has a storied career in television; critically acclaimed, his roles include Brideshead Revisited, Elizabeth I, The Borgias, The Hollow Crown and Watchmen. He has just started filming Beekeeper, an action film directed by David Ayer. Jeremy Irons is a patron of the Prison Phoenix Trust and the Hope Foundation.

Jim Jarmusch: American director, author, musician and producer

An eminent figure in independent cinema, he notably directed the remarkable Stranger than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986), Dead Man (1995), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Broken Flowers (2005), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Paterson (2016) and The Dead Don’t Die, presented at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. His book, Some Collages, was published by Anthology Editions in 2021. In parallel, he continued his concerts and studio recordings with his group SQÜRL, lutenist Jozef Van Wissem and many other artists.

Ranveer Singh: Indian actor

A true phenomenon with a meteoric rise, Ranveer Singh shook Bollywood and is today one of the most famous Indian actors, and one of the most popular icons with young people. He began his career with a leading role in Band Baaja Baaraat, which enjoyed immense success, and subsequently demonstrated his acting talents in a wide variety of roles and styles. He became one of the favorite actors of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who directed him in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, Bajirao Mastani and the magnificent Padmaavat, where he revisits the role of the anti-hero of contemporary Indian films, and the youngest celebrity to amass three billion moviegoers. In the space of 12 years, he became an actor in great demand, working in particular with the directors of the Khan family but also Karan Johar, Rohit Shetty, or even Aditya Chopra. In 83, directed by Kabir Khan, he portrays the legendary Kapil Dev, the captain of the Indian team that won the Cricket World Cup. Among his next films: Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahaani directed by Karan Johar and Cirkus by Rohit Shetty.

Ruben Östlund: Swedish director

Born in 1974, Ruben Östlund studied at the University of Gothenburg. His first feature, The Guitar Mongoloid (2005), won the Fipresci Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival. All the films he directed thereafter had world premieres at Cannes, starting with Happy Sweden, presented at Un Certain Regard 2008. In 2010, he won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale for his short film Incident Bancaire , a project that allowed him to test techniques and styles that would mark his next feature, Play (Directors’ Fortnight, 2011), which won the Nordic Council Film Prize. He returned to Un Certain Regard with Snow Therapy (2014), awarded the Jury Prize, and selected for the Oscars. The Square (2017), in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival, won the Palme d’Or, as did Sans Filtre, released in 2022.

Gabriel Yared: Franco-Lebanese composer

Born in Beirut in 1949, Gabriel Yared abandoned his law studies to follow, as a free listener, the lessons of Henri Dutilleux and Maurice Ohana at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. Thereafter, he stayed in Rio for a year and a half, collaborating in particular with Ivan Lins, ambassador of modern bossa. On his return to Paris in 1973, the song grabbed him and he set Sauve qui peut (life) by Jean-Luc Godard to music. In the space of a few years, Gabriel Yared multiplied his collaborations with renowned directors, including: Robert Altman, Costa-Gavras, Etienne Chatiliez, Jean-Jacques Annaud – with L’Amant for which he won a César -, Jean -Pierre Mocky, Michel Ocelot and Anthony Minghella for whom he wrote the score for The English Patient, winner of the Oscars, BAFTA, Golden Globes and Grammy Awards. For several years, he has worked with a new generation of authors such as Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Maïwenn, Angelina Jolie and Xavier Dolan.

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FIFM 2022: 10 big names in world cinema in free conversation