Final day for the Marrakech International Film Festival During the 19th Closing Ceremony, the jury announced this year’s awards and paid tribute to Tilda Swinton
An Exceptional edition
The 19th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival was exceptional in many ways. First, it marks the return of the event after a two-year break due to the pandemic. It also confirms the great enthusiasm of the public for the various sections of the Festival, as more than 150,000 spectators attended 124 film screenings at the Marrakech Palais des Congrès, the Cinéma Le Colisée, on Place Jemaa El Fna and at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent.
In all, nearly 20,000 people were accredited and received electronic badges to attend the Festival – almost double the number of accreditations recorded for the 18th edition in 2019. Nearly 5,000 children and teenagers attended screenings held for young audiences.
The Winners’ list
The 19th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival came to a close this evening. After nine days of screenings and exchanges, the jury, chaired by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, unveiled the awards for this edition.
Alongside Sorrentino, the jury for this year’s competition included British actress Vanessa Kirby, German actress Diane Kruger, Australian director and screenwriter Justin Kurzel, Lebanese director, screenwriter and actress Nadine Labaki, Moroccan director Laïla Marrakchi and French actor Tahar Rahim.
ÉTOILE D’OR – FESTIVAL GRAND PRIZE
A tale of Shemroon
by Emad Aleebrahim Dehkordi (Iran)
JURY PRIZE (EXÆQUO)
by Cristèle Alves Meira (Portugal)
The Blue Caftan
by Maryam Touzani (Morocco)
BEST DIRECTING PRIZE
for Thunder (Switzerland)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Choi Seung-Yoon for Riceboy Sleeps by Anthony Shim (Canada)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Arswendy Bening Swara
for Autobiography by Makbul Mubarak (Indonesia)
In all, the jury watched 14 films in the Official Competition, representing 14 countries from 5 continents (Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Indonesia, Iran, Morocco, Mexico, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey).
For more information: www.marrakech-festival.com