Marrakech Festival Highlights

A special lineup of this year's festivities

LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS

IN COMPETITION

“With the Girl of Black Soil”

Director: Jeon Soo-il (South Korea)

A father-daughter relationship on the edge of poverty and hope.

“Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!”

Director: Daihachi Yoshida (Japan)

Drama follows misadventures of a family returning home to bury the parents.

“The Savages”

Director: Tamara Jenkins (U.S.)

This take on family dysfunction stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney.

“The Hard-Hearted”

Director: Alexey Misgirev (Russia)

Tale of a wayward war veteran who falls in with cops and robbers in lawless contemporary Moscow.

COUP DE COEUR (LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT)

“Hidden Faces”

Director: Handan Ipeck (Turkey)

Tackles the sensitive issue of honor killings in highly religious societies.

“Tartina City”

Director: Serge Issa Coelo (Chad)

Drama about a journalist thrown in jail after reporting on death squads in an unnamed African country.

“Sous les bombes”

Director: Philippe Aractingi (France)

Follow-up to the populist musical “Bosta” is a moody drama on love and war.

“Kicks”

Director: Albert ter Heerdt (the Netherlands)

This timely film explores racism, immigration and integration in a drama about a young Moroccan rapper accidentally shot by a cop.

OUT OF COMPETITION

“Intimate Enemies”

Director: Florent-Emilio Siri (France)

War film revisits terrain last treated by benchmark pic “Battle of Algiers,” regarding French troops in the 1954-1962 Algerian War.

“The Neighbor”

Director: Eddie O’Flaherty (U.S.)

Real-estate anxiety as a dramatic conceit in this pic about brokers, condos and renovations gone awry.

“Flying Lessons”

Director: Francesco Archibugi (Italy)

Two Italian friends venture through India looking for the biological mother of one of them.

TRIBUTES

Shinji Aoyama — Japanese cineaste gets a mini-retrospective with screenings of his breakout film “Eureka” along with “Shady Grove,” “A Forest With No Name,” “An Obsession,” “Desert Moon,” “My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?” and his latest, “Sad Vacation.”

Egyptian Cinema — From Ahmed Badrakhan’s 1937 epic “Nashid El Amal” to last year’s blockbuster “The Yacoubian Building,” Egyptian cinema is honored with a 40-film tribute that is screening gems rarely shown anywhere. This is an opportunity to grasp the most influential movie industry in the Arab world.

FLASHBACKS

Michelangelo Antonioni — Masterpieces “L’Avventura” and “L’Eclise” are screening in homage to the late Italian arbiter of style and substance.

Ingmar Bergman — A small tribute, from “Persona” to “Saraband,” honoring the late helmer.

Ahmed Baha Attia — The man responsible for key films by Tunisian cineaste Nouri Bouzid, Frederic Mitterrand’s “Madame Butterfly” and many more gets his due.

JURY

Milos Forman — director of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Amadeus” and “Man on the Moon.”

Shekhar Kapur — director of “Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen” and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”; copious credits as an actor, writer and producer.

Parker Posey — indie darling and actress, “Dazed and Confused” and “Waiting for Guffman.”

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