European Film Weeks: Ask for the program!

The 28th edition of European Film Weeks in Morocco will be held from November 24 to December 10 in Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat and Agadir. On the bill, the 8 films selected have won awards at the biggest international festivals and showcase a feminine seventh art.

Indeed, the year 2021 was special and marked “a strong symbolic turning point”, according to a press release from the Delegation of the European Union in Morocco. “We have seen more and more films centered on women and the most important cinematographic awards – Oscar for best film, Palme d’Or at the Cannes festival, Golden Lion at the Venice festival – have been awarded to female directors. for films in which the main characters are women, ”the organizers said. As a result, the programming for this edition is aligned with this trend.

On the screen, we will be able to see “strong and vulnerable women, struggling and asserting themselves as in the powerful” Madres paralelas “of the great Pedro Almodovar, who placed women at the heart of his work, or in the hypnotic and intriguing “Murina” by Croatian director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic, awarded the Camera d’Or at Cannes, which features a teenage girl during a revealing summer, “said the same source.

Among the outstanding performances of the year and which can be found in the selection, are those of Penélope Cruz, Noomi Rapace, Léa Seydoux, Jasna Duricic, Leila Bekhti or even Swamy Rotolo.

In addition, four short films from the South of the Mediterranean will be protected. “Thanks to the co-production system, more than twenty countries are represented this year, including Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden; and for the southern Mediterranean: Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco, ”the statement said.

“It is again a female main character that we will find in” Fritzi “, an animated film intended for the youngest which will be programmed on Sunday mornings in the 4 cities”. It is moreover a novelty of this edition, especially since “it is more than ever important to make discover the cinema on the big screen to the smallest and to build the public of tomorrow”, recalled the DUE.

In his short film “A Sunny Day”, Moroccan director Faouzi Bensaidi evokes the urgency of the issue of climate change. The occasion of this edition will also be to make discover to the film lovers of Morocco “I am afraid to forget your face” by Sameh Alaa (Egypt), Palme d’or for the short film in 2020. “Sukar” by Ilias El Faris ( Morocco) and “3 centimeters” by Lara Zeidan (Lebanon) are also on the program.

The feature film lineup includes the following films: Madres Paralelas by Pedro Almodovar (2021, Spain); Murina by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović (2021, Croatia); Les Intranquilles by Joachim Lafosse (2021, Belgium, France); France by Bruno Dumont (2021, France); Fritzi by Ralf Kukula and Matthias Bruhn (2019, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Czech); The voice of Aïda by Jasmila Žbanić (2020, Bosnia, Germany, France, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Turkey); Lamb by Valdimar Jóhansson (2021, Iceland, Sweden, Poland); A Chiara by Jonas Carpignano (2021, Italy).

By city, the European Film Weeks will be held on the following dates:
Marrakech: from November 24 to December 1 at the cinema Le Colisée (screening at 7 p.m.): Casablanca: from November 26 to December 3 at the cinema Rif (screening at 8 p.m.); Rabat: from November 29 to December 6 at the Renaissance cinema (two screenings per day: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.); Agadir, from December 3 to 10 at the Souss-Massa Chamber of Commerce and Services (session at 7 p.m.).

“An initiative of the European Union in Morocco which aspires to introduce the Moroccan public to great European successes through the eyes of renowned filmmakers on a Europe of diversity, the European Film Weeks have been organized since 1991 by the European Union in Morocco in collaboration with the embassies and cultural institutes of EU member states, ”the same source recalled. This event is organized in partnership with the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication and the Moroccan Cinematographic Center, the Higher School of Visual Arts in Marrakech, Le Colisée cinema (Marrakech), Rif cinema (Casablanca) , the Renaissance cinema (Rabat) and the Souss Massa Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (Agadir).

Information on the program and screenings will be available on the website of the DUE in Morocco: https://europa.eu/!ncBnYQ

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European Film Weeks: Ask for the program!