Marrakech honours Scandinavian film

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Iconic film director Martin Scorsese has been telling Euronews what he’s looking for in a movie as the president of the jury at this year’s film festival in Marrakech:

“I always feel that I’m inspired by filmmakers who tell the story in a special way that no one else can, that they see life in a certain way, and they interpret it visually, orally, telling a story with pictures in a new way, and that inspires me again. So that’s what we hope for, maybe a new voice. Also the film should be something that means something to you, that has an impact, whether it’s emotional or intellectual,” said Scorsese.

Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard is among the members of this year’s jury: “It’s not about judging movies,” she said. “I see it as an opportunity to see different kinds of films, which I certainly wouldn’t have seen otherwise. I just want to be a normal viewer, like when I go and see films at the cinema.”

Faithful to tradition, the Marrakech festival has been paying tribute to national and international cinema celebrities. This 13th edition paid homage to Scandinavian cinema with a delegation headed by film director Bille August, a two-time winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes.

The delegation – which also includes world-famous Danish director Thomas Vinterberg and Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, who shot to global fame as Lisbeth Salander in the Millenium movies – was handed the festival’s Golden Star by Scorsese during a special Northern Lights ceremony.

“We are so proud and happy on behalf of all Scandinavian films to receive this tribute tonight, we also obviously look at each other and say ‘Well, we are so different, and even in Denmark we are very different to (other Scandinavian) filmmakers,” said Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen.

A special tribute was paid to one of Morocco’s most iconic actors, Mohammed Khouyi.

“I would like to thank all those who are paying homage to the actor, Mohamed Khouyi,” said the actor. “It’s a tribute to me but also to all of Morocco’s actors, filmmakers, technicians and screenwriters, all those people who play a very important part in Morocco’s cinema industry,” he said.

A household name at home, Khouyi has appeared in numerous TV series as well as a number of foreign movies including Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves by Pierre Aknine and Radu Mihaileanu’s The Source.