The cinema of the Arab world will have a major role to play at the Marrakech International Film Festival, which will be held from 29 November to 7 December. 4 Arab films, including 1 Moroccan, are in the running in the official competition of the festival.
The ochre city’s Film Festival is continuing in the direction it has set itself: to promote first or second feature films in order to reveal and promote the new values of cinema.
“An amazing sense of style”
Fourteen films have been selected, all of them “bear witness to an astonishing sense of the style of the depth of thought”, according to the festival organizers.
Among the 14 films in the running, we find Last Visit by Saudi Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan. This is the story of a father and son who travel to the family village to make a last visit to (respectively) their father and grandfather, who is dying. The story highlights topics such as the struggle between tradition and modernity, the place of the family in society, etc. Topics that are particularly important in the Gulf countries right now…
Also in competition, Tlamess (Spell), by Ala Eddine Slim, is a Tunisian drama that tells the story of a young soldier who returns home following the death of his mother. Injured following clashes with the police, he took refuge in a nearby forest, where he met a young woman. As a result, strange events begin to occur…
The miracle of the Unknown Saint
Another representative of the Arab world in the running for an award, The Miracle of the Unknown Saint, by Alaa Eddine Aljem. Selected for Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, this Moroccan film, almost cartoon-like, tells the extravagant story of a young thief who, at the end of his 10 years in prison, seeks to recover the amount of money he has buried. Unfortunately, he realizes that the place… has been transformed into a place of meditation and pilgrimage. A “serious film that doesn’t take itself seriously” in the words of its author.