Nineteenth FIFM in Marrakech: in all, 150,000 spectators attended the screenings

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Main feature of this 19e FIFM: the appreciable participation of Moroccan film professionals, with a total of 350 of them who were present in Marrakech for a festival which is making its “big comeback” there after two consecutive years of forced shutdown due to Covid-19 19. This edition of the reunion was attended by more than 150,000 spectators, who attended the 124 screenings as part of the Festival: at the Palais des Congrès, place Jemaâ El Fna, at the Colosseum cinema and at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, “commented Ali Hajji, general coordinator of the Marrakech International Film Festival, interviewed by M24, MAP’s continuous news channel.

Another estimated statistic: nearly 5,000 children and teenagers attended the film screenings which were specially dedicated to them.

In all, during the eight days of this festival, nearly 20,000 media professionals or professionals with different skills related to the film industry were granted accreditation by the FIFM organizing committee, and who have received an electronic badge enabling them to cover or follow the various events of this festival in complete safety. This is nearly double the accreditations that had been registered during the 18e edition of the FIFM, in 2019.

This 19e edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival also made it possible to bring together, for the fifth edition of the Ateliers de l’Atlas, 250 film professionals from various backgrounds, around a selection of 23 film projects, and films in progress. production. Since its launch in 2018, this platform dedicated to the film industry has supported a total of 111 film projects and films in production, both in the Arab world and on the continent – with, in all, 48 productions or production projects from Morocco.

Yesterday evening, Saturday November 19, 2022, at the closing ceremony of the 19e FIFM at the Palais des Congrès, it is very moved that Tilda Swinton received her prize from the hands of her own daughter, which pays tribute to her entire career. The fact that the trophy she received was given to her by her child had the effect of an unexpected surprise, so much so that on stage, the star had a hard time containing her tears.

A moment of strong emotion which was immediately followed by the revelation of the winners of this 19e FIFM, under the watchful eye of the president of the jury, Paolo Sorrentino, and in the presence of director Ruben Ostund (Palme d’Or twice at the Cannes festival), Gad Elmaleh (need he be introduced?) and Guillaume Canet (unnecessary, there too).

For this 2022 edition, there were 14 films in competition. The members of the jury finally decided to award the FIFM Gold Star to the Black Knight by the Iranian Emad Aleebrahim-Dehkordi who, throughout the festival, appeared sad and remained almost silent because of the political situation currently prevailing in his country, while one of his colleagues, the Iranian director Jafar Panahi, considered an opponent of the regime, is in prison for a six-year prison sentence which was handed down in 2010.

It is therefore with a serious face, without giving the slightest smile to the cameras which scrutinized him, that Emad Aleebrahim-Dehkordi posed for the final photo bringing together all the winners of this edition. And when he was asked by the media who wanted to question him after the ceremony, the Iranian director did not want to access it, despite the strong insistence of the press officers.

The jury prize was awarded ex aequo to Alma Viva by Cristèle Alves Meira (Portugal) and Caftan Blue by Maryam Touzani (Morocco).

The staging prize went to Lightning by Carmen Jacquier (Switzerland).

The Best Actress Award went to Choi Seung-Yoon for her role in Riceboy Sleeps by Anthony Shim (Canada).

The best actor award went to Arswendy Bening Swara for his role in Autobiography by Makbul Mubarak (Indonesia).

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Nineteenth FIFM in Marrakech: in all, 150,000 spectators attended the screenings