Italian director Paolo Sorrentino will chair the jury of the Marrakech International Film Festival, which aims to discover filmmakers from around the world and will take place in November, festival organizers have announced.
As with so many important arts events, the week-long festival in Marrakech, scheduled for November 11-19, has not been staged for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, the jury will award the Gold Star to one of 14 entries comprising the first or second feature films directed by new directors in the festival’s international competition, dedicated to discovering exciting talent from around the world.
“The Marrakech International Film Festival”, said Sorrentino, “is for me the place where the dream of seeing many films with Martin Scorsese and spending days talking about cinema with him and other talented colleagues is realised”.
He added: “It is an honor to return to Marrakech this year as president of the jury. I believe, I want to believe, the cinemas will fill up again and I’m sure many wonderful films will be released soon. to relive from such a symbolic place, to discover the cinema of tomorrow from such an interesting cultural and geographical point of view, will be an additional gift.
Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Sorrentino is one of the best-known and most exciting exponents of Italian cinema today.
His work, which includes a dozen films and series, explores a variety of contemporary themes and offers a singular reflection on power, politics and religion, among other subjects. Sorrentino has won awards at the most prestigious film festivals and events around the world.