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Highlights - 04/11/2014
Europa Cinemas provides artistic direction for the European Film Weeks festival in Morocco
Every year, European Film Weeks, which is organised by the EU Delegation to the Kingdom of Morocco, in collaboration with Rezo Events and Europa Cinemas, and with the support of the Moroccan Cinema Center, presents the best of recent European cinema to the Moroccan public. The 23rd edition of the festival will be held from 5 to 26 November 2014 in Marrakech (Cinema Le Colisée), Rabat (Cinema La Renaissance) and Tangier (Cinemathèque de Tanger – Cinema Rif). It will give the Moroccan public the chance to discover a total of 8 new European feature films on the big screen – films that clearly demonstrate the vitality of the filmmaking industry on our continent.
The programme will open with Jimmy’s Hall, which will transport us to 1930s Ireland, its landscapes and its social conflicts. Ken Loach has created a wonderful melodrama, following on from The Wind That Shakes the Barley, which was screened as part of European Film Weeks in 2006.
Another leading European director, Wim Wenders, will represent Germany. The Salt of the Earth, a film that Wenders directed jointly with Juliano Salgado, follows the latter’s father, photographer Sebastião Salgado, and takes audiences on a magnificent journey.
Child’s Pose by Calin Peter Netzer, winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2013, will highlight the strength of Romanian cinema over the past decade.
Central Europe will also be represented, in the form of the surprising White God by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó, whose daring work was honoured last May with the Prize of Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival.
Three Hearts will be representing France in the selection. Falling somewhere between a sentimental thriller and melodrama, this film by Benoît Jacquot is probably one of his most accomplished works.
The Dardenne brothers will be representing Belgium with Two Days, One Night, a film marked by the impressive realism we have come to expect from these directors.
Winner of the Grand Prix at the last Cannes Film Festival, The Wonders, the second film by Alice Rohrwacher, will further underline the revival of Italian cinema.
Finally, National Gallery by legendary director Frederick Wiseman, will take audiences on a unique tour of this London museum. For the occasion, the film’s producer, Pierre-Olivier Bardet (Idéale Audience), will be visiting Marrakech to introduce the screening and to meet students from the ESAV (Ecole Supérieure AudioVisuelle) in Marrakech.
A number of screenings will open with three short films from the Southern Mediterranean: Their Night by Narrimane Yamna Faqir (Morocco), Wooden Hand by Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia) and Another Ordinary Day by Bahia Allouache (Algeria).
Further information: Lucas Varone
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