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Activities - 08/01/2009


18th European Film Weeks in Morocco (From 22 January until 6 February 2009)



Europa Cinemas will assume artistic direction for the tenth consecutive staging of the European Film Weeks in Morocco.


Press Release

Organised each year since 1991 by the Delegation of the European Commission and the Embassies and Cultural Institutes of Member States, in partnership with Moroccan Cinema Centre (CCM), the European Film Weeks are one of the most tangible cultural symbols of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership in Morocco.

Running from 22 January through until 6 February, with the cooperation of Moroccan Company A3 Communication, the roaming event that brings together cinema lovers is back again with a programme of 10 films charting the year of European cinema. The programming of European Film Weeks has always endeavoured to reflect all the diversity and quality of European production. The selection for 2009 reaffirms the exceptional vitality of European cinema. As the winners for the most prestigious film events go to show, European cinema has just experienced a wonderful year. Starting with The Class, the film event from Laurent Cantet, Golden Palm in Cannes, which will open the show.

Award-winning or selected in Cannes, Venice or Berlin, these 10 films will be screened successively to audiences of 4 Moroccan key-cities, Tétouan, Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech: Happy-Go-Lucky, by Mike Leigh, Best Actress award at the last Berlinale, The Silence of Lorna, by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Best Screenplay at Cannes, Gomorrah, by Matteo Garrone, Grand Prize at Cannes Film Festival of Cannes, Cloud 9, by Andreas Dresen, in official selection in Cannes in 2008 in the section Un certain regard, I Served the King of England, by Czech director Jiri Menzel, in official competition at the Berlinale in 2007, Tricks, by Andrzej Jakimowski, awarded at the Premiers Plans Festival in Angers in 2008, Christopher Columbus, the Enigma, by Manoel de Oliveira (Venice Film Festival, 2007), King of the Hill, by Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego (Official selection, Toronto Festival 2007), and Garage, an Irish film by Lenny Abrahamson (Directors' Fortnight, Cannes 2007).

Beside long-feature films, a special Moroccan programme is being implemented this year with 6 short films reflecting the healthy state of Moroccan production.

TETOUAN : From 22 to 31 January 2009 at Cinema Avenida.
RABAT : From 24 January to 2 February 2009 at Theatre Mohammed V.
CASABLANCA : From 26 January to 4 February 2009 at Cinema Le Lynx.
MARRAKECH : du 28 January au 5 February 2009 at Cinema Le Colisée.