Marrakech International Film Festival Unveils Lineup for 13th Annual Event


Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Ram-Leela.

Organizers of the Marrakech International Film Festival unveiled the lineup of the 13th annual event opening November 29. This year's lineup includes 110 films from 23 countries, with 15 films screening in its competition.

Indian film Ram-Leela by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, will open the festival out of competition. The Hindi romantic-drama is described as an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set against a backdrop of violent times. The film will screen Out of Competition along with James Gray's The Immigrant and Like Father, Like Son by Kore-eda Hirokazu, both of which screened in the Main Slate at the 51st New York Film Festival earlier this fall.

Lukas Moodysson's We Are The Best! will close out the festival. The Swedish film centers on three 12 and 13 year old girls who decide to form a punk band in Stockholm in the early '80s.

"The forms of creativity represented by the selection express both a vision of the cinematographic experience in question, and current issues in the societies which the filmmakers are dealing with," said Bruno Barde, Artistic Director of the Marrakech International Film Festival. "We are the privileged observers of creativity in movement, which takes hold of mankind and the world to offer us some personal, powerful, audacious, and courageous works, for which Marrakech is the fortunate showcase."

The 13th Marrakech International Film Festival takes place November 29 - December 7.


James Gray's The Immigrant.

Competition films:

Again, directed by Junichi Kanai starring Yoshikura Aoi and Yagira Yuya (Japan)
Bad Hair, directed by Mariana Rondón starring Samuel Lange and Samantha Castillo (Venezuela)
Blue Ruin, directed by Jeremy Saulnier starring Macon Blair (USA)
Fever, directed by Hicham Ayouch starring Didier Michon, Slimane Dazi, Farida Amrouche, Lounès Tazairt and Tony Harrisson (France, Morocco)
Han Gong-Ju, directed by Lee Su-jin starring Chun Woo-hee (South Korea)
Hotell, directed by Lisa Langseth starring Alicia Vikander (Sweden)
How I Live Now, directed by Kevin Macdonald starring Saoirse Ronan (U.K.)

IDA, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski starring Agata Trzebuchowska and Agata Kulesza (Poland, Denmark)
La Marche, directed by Nabil Ben Yadir starring Olivier Gourmet, Tewfik Jallab, Lubna Azabal, Hafsia Herzi, Charlotte Le Bon, Vincent Rothiers, M'Barek Belkouk, Nader Boussandel, Philippe Nahon and Jamel Debbouze (France)
Medeas, directed by Andrea Pallaoro starring Catalina Sandino Moreno and Brian F. O’Byrne
The Gambler, directed by Ignas Jonynas starring Vytautas Kaniusonis (Lithuania, Latvia)
The Swimming Pool, directed by Carlos Machado Quintela (Cuba, Venezuela)
The Wishful Thinkers, directed by Jonás Trueba starring Francesco Carril (Spain)
Traitors, directed by Sean Gullette starring Chaimae Ben Acha, Soufia Issami, Nadia Niaza, Driss Roukhe, Mourade Zeguendi and Morjana Alaoui (Morocco, USA)
Viva La Liberta, directed by Roberto Andò starring Toni Servillo and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Italy)


Lukas Moodysson's We Are The Best!

Out of Competition films:

Ram-Leela, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh (Opening Film - India)
A Thousand Times Good Night, directed by Erik Poppe starring Juliette Binoche (Norway, Ireland, Sweden)
Like Father, Like Son, directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu (Japan)
One Chance, directed by David Frankel starring James Corden, Julie Walters, Alexandra Roach and Valeria Bilello (U.K., USA)
The Immigrant, directed by James Gray starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner (USA)
The Reunion, directed by Anna Odell starring Anna Odell (Sweden)
The Stone, directed by Cho Se-rae starring Cho Dong-in and Kim Roi-ha (South Korea)
The Zero Theorum, directed by Terry Gilliam starring Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry and David Thewlis (U.K., USA, France, Romania)
Those Happy Years, directed by Daniele Luchetti starring Kim Rossi Stuart and Micaela Ramazzotti (Italy)
Waltz For Monica, directed by Per Fly starring Edda Magnason (Sweden)
We Are The Best!, directed by Lukas Moodysson (Closing Film - Sweden)

Cinema At Heart (Moroccan titles):

Derriere Les Portes Fermées, directed by Mohammed Ahed Bensouda starring Amal Ayouch, Zoubida Akkif, Abdellah Farkous, Bouchra Ahrich and Omar Azzouzi
Kanyamakan, directed by Said C. Naciri starring Afif Ben Badra, Sarah Kazemy, Mohamed El Achi, Anas El Baz, Younes Megri, Mehdi Ouazzani and Diouc Koma
Sara, directed by Said Naciri starring Layla Hadiu, Said Naciri, Iman Nakhad and Aziz Houbaibi
C'Est Eux Les Chiens, directed by Hicham Lasri starring Hassan Badida

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