“Although I have been to Marrakech on several occasions, I feel I am now seeing a side of Marrakech I have always wanted to see,” said the Oscar-winning actor. “I am most grateful for this invitation, and am looking forward to being a part of a great festival.”
De Niro’s next project is “The Irishman,” directed by Martin Scorsese, which their ninth collaboration. The pair are producing the film together. Now in post, the anticipated Netflix movie also stars Al Pacino and Jesse Plemons.
De Niro won an Oscar for best supporting actor for Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather: Part II,” and an Oscar for best actor for Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.”
De Niro also runs his production company, Tribeca Productions, as well as the Tribeca Film Festival, which he founded with Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. His production credits include “A Bronx Tale” and “The Good Shepherd” (both of which he directed), as well as “The Wizard of Lies” and the “Meet the Parents” franchise.
As previously announced by the festival, American director James Gray will preside over Marrakech’s competition jury. His latest film “Ad Astra” with Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones will be released early next year. His previous movie, “The Lost City of Z,” was released in the U.S. by Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street.
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After being interrupted in 2017, the Marrakech festival is back this year with a new programming team led by Christoph Terhechte, the former head of the Berlin Film Festival’s Forum section. Terhechte’s programming team at Marrakech comprises Ali Hajji, the festival’s former general coordinator; Rasha Salti, who has worked for various festivals, including Abu Dhabi and Toronto; Anke Leweke, a film critic who is a longtime member of Berlin’s selection committee; and Remi Bonhomme, general coordinator of Cannes’ Critics’ Week.
The Marrakech festival is run by a foundation presided by Morocco’s Prince Moulay Rachid, the brother of King Mohammed VI.
The 17th edition of the festival will take place Nov. 30 to Dec. 8.