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2023 Marrakech Intl. Film Festival: Linklater’s Hit Man, Franco’s Memory, El Moudir’s The Mother of All Lies

2023 Marrakech Intl. Film Festival: Linklater’s Hit Man, Franco’s Memory, El Moudir’s The Mother of All Lies

As predicted, the 20th edition of the Marrakech Intl. Film Festival (November 24th to December 2nd) will highlight what was a solid year in Cannes this year for Moroccan cinema showcasing Kamal Lazraq’s Hounds, Faouzi Bensaïdi’s Deserts and Asmae El Moudir’s The Mother of All Lies and will get the festivities started with one of the top films from Venice in Richard Linklater’s Hit Man. The Official Competition section (14 films from first and second time filmmakers) will include the likes of Ramata-Toulaye Sy, Lina Soualem, ​​Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir, Luck Razanajaona, Nehir Tuna, Una Gunjak, Juan Sebastián Quebrada, Luàna Bajrami, Felipe Carmona, Johnny Barrington, Carolina Markowicz and Daina O. Pusič.

The six Gala Screenings include Michel Franco’s Memory, Matteo Garrone’s Io Capitano (Venice), Ivan Sen’s Limbo (Berlinale), Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers (Telluride), Faouzi Bensaidi’s Deserts (Cannes), Cédric Kahn’s Making Of (Venice). Among the Special Screenings we find the likes of Nikolaj Arcel, Bertrand Bonello, Monia Chokri, Agnieszka Holland, Ladj Ly, and Alice Rohrwacher. Here is the complete line-up:

OFFICIAL COMPETITION
BANEL & ADAMA – Ramata-Toulaye Sy
BYE BYE TIBERIAS – Lina Soualem
CITY OF WIND – ​​Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir
DISCO AFRIKA: A MALAGASY STORY – Luck Razanajaona
DORMITORY (YURT) – Nehir Tuna
EXCURSION – Una Gunjak
HOUNDS (LES MEUTES) – Kamal Lazraq
THE MOTHER OF ALL LIES – Asmae El Moudir
THE OTHER SON – Juan Sebastián Quebrada
PHANTOM YOUTH – Luàna Bajrami
PRISON IN THE ANDES – Felipe Carmona
SILENT ROAR – Johnny Barrington
TOLL – Carolina Markowicz
TUESDAY – Daina O. Pusič

GALA SCREENINGS
DESERTS – Faouzi Bensaïdi
HIT MAN – Richard Linklater
THE HOLDOVERS – Alexander Payne
LIMBO – Ivan Sen
MAKING OF – Cédric Kahn
IO CAPITANO – Matteo Garrone
MEMORY – Michel Franco

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
ABOUT DRIED GRASSES – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
ANIMALIA – Sofia Alaoui
THE BEAST – Bertrand Bonello
BEHIND THE MOUNTAINS – Mohamed Ben Attia
LA CHIMERA – Alice Rohrwacher
EUROPA – Sudabeh Mortezai / Austria
EXPLANATION FOR EVERYTHING – Gabor Reisz
GOODBYE JULIA – Mohamed Kordofani
GREEN BORDER – Agnieszka Holland
LES INDÉSIRABLES (BÂTIMENT 5) – Ladj Ly
MACHTAT – Sonia Ben Slama
THE NATURE OF LOVE (SIMPLE COMME SYLVAIN) – Monia Chokri
THE PROMISED LAND – Nikolaj Arcel
SARAFINA! – Darrel James Roodt
SIDONIE IN JAPAN – Élise Girard
TERRESTRIAL VERSES – Ali Asgari & Alireza Khatami

THE 11TH CONTINENT
BETWEEN REVOLUTIONS – Vlad Petri
THE BRIDE – Myriam Birara
CASABLANCA – Adriano Valerio
COCONUT HEAD GENERATION – Alain Kassanda
THE DUPES – Tewfik Saleh
EUREKA – Lisandro Alonso
FOREMOST BY NIGHT – Víctor Iriarte
A GOLDEN LIFE (OR DE VIE) – Boubacar Sangaré / Burkina Faso, Benin, France / Documentary
THE HUMAN SURGE 3 – Eduardo William
LITTLE GIRL BLUE – Mona Achache
MAMBAR PIERRETTE – Rosine Mbakam
PHANTOM BEIRUT – Ghassan Salhab
PICTURES OF GHOSTS – Kleber Mendonça Filho

PANORAMA OF MOROCCAN CINEMA
BIRDLAND (INDIVISION) – Leila Kilani
MORA IS HERE – Khalil Zairi
MOROCCAN BADASS GIRL – Hicham Lasri
MY DAD IS NOT DEAD – Adil El Fadili
MY THURSDAY SOUK – Izza Edery-Génini
TRIPLE A – Jihane El Bahhar

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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