Top Helmers Head To Marrakech

James Gray Director Rome Film Festival
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Gray, Winding Refn, Kiarostami to give master classes

Under the aegis of jury prexy, Martin Scorsese, this year’s 13th edition of the Marrakech Intl. Film Festival will be brimming with top international directing talent.

As a fan of the Marrakech fest and godfather to the local ESAV film school, Scorsese is keen on bringing top directors to Morocco in order to transfer knowledge, skills and perspectives.

The 10-member jury boasts seven filmmakers – including Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”), Park Chan-wook (“Old Boy”) and Amat Escalante (“Heli”) – who’ll be rubbing shoulders with female thesps, Marion Cotillard (“The Immigrant”), Patricia Clarkson (“Last Weekend”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“Just Like A Woman”).

This year’s emphasis on helming prowess will be further boosted by four directing master classes – by Bruno Dumont (“Camille Claudel 1915”), James Gray (pictured above, “The Immigrant”), Abbas Kiarostami (“Like Someone In Love”) and Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”).

Winding Refn will attend the Fest’s tribute to Scandinavian cinema, alongside fellow Danes, Bille August (“Night Train to Lisbon”), Suzanne Bier (“In a Better World”) and Thomas Vinterberg (“The Hunt”).

Other top helmers heading to the Red City include Terry Gilliam (“The Zero Theorem”), Fernando Solanas (“Land in Revolt”), Sanjay Leela Bhansali (“Ram-Leela”) and Hirokazu Koreeda (“Like Father, Like Son”).

Finally, the Cinecoles short film competition for Moroccan film students will have Moroccan helmer Nour Eddine Lakhmari (“Casanegra”) as jury prexy.

Fest’s full lineup will be unveiled later this week.

Marrakech runs Nov. 29-Dec.7.

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