Marrakech Film Festival has unveiled an international competition lineup rich in first and second movies, ranging from Bong Joon Ho-penned genre pic “The Sea Fog” to Saar Klein’s “Things People Do” with Wes Bentley and Daniel Barber’s Civil War drama “The Keeping Room” with Brit Marling and Sam Worthington.
Other directorial debuts include Max Currie’s “Everything We Loved,” a New Zealand-set drama about filiation and grief, Vuk Rsumovic’s “No One’s Child,” following a wild boy raised amongst wolves in the Bosnian mountains and Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s “Labour of Love” (“Asha Jaoar Majhe”), tuning on a modern day couple caught in the downward spiral of recession.
Alix Delaporte will rep France with “The Last Hammer Blow,” her follow up to “Angele and Tony.” Only one Morrocan film will compete at Marrakech: “L’orchestre des aveugles,” Mohamed Mouftakir’s sophomore pic. Other movies heading from North Africa include Egyptian helmer Marwan Hamed’s “Al Feel al azraak.”
The eclectic competition lineup – selected by artistic director Bruno Barde — will also showcase Takuya Misawa’s intimate drama “Chigasaki Story,” Simon Jaquemet’s “Chrieg” about teenage life during wartime in Serbia, Elchin Musaoglu’s “Nabat” which reps Azerbaijan in the foreign-language race, Sepideh Farsi’s “Red Rose,” a love story set in Iran, against the backdrop of the 2009 election protests, and Sczabolcs Hajdu (“White Palms”)’s “Mirage,” a contempo western starring Isaach de Bankolé as a soccer player who’s hunted down by cops after rigging a match.
James Marsh’s “The Theory of Everything” will open the fest, while J.C.Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” will be closing it with Jessica Chastain on hand to present the movie.
In other Marrakech-fest related news, the competition jury president Isabelle Huppert (taking over from last year’s Martin Scorsese) will be joined by “The Lunchbox'”s helmer Ritesh Batra, Danish director Susanne Bier (“Serena”), Bertrand Bonello (“Saint Laurent”), Cristian Mungiu’s “Beyond The Hills,” Alain Rickman (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”), Moumen Smihi (“Tanjaoui”), Melanie Laurent (“Now You See Me”) and Mario Martone (“Leopardi”).
Meanwhile the Cinecoles jury, which looks at student films, will be presided by “”Timbuktu” helmer Abderrahmane Sissako. The Mauritanian director joined by Zoe Cassavetes (“Day Out of Days”), Ana Girardot’s “Un Homme ideal,” Driss Roukhe’s “Twist,” Elisa Sednaoui (“Soap Opera”), Gaspard Ulliel (“Saint Laurent”).