Curtain up on the 19th edition of the International Film Festival

After two consecutive years of shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Film Festival is making a comeback in the presence of the official competition jury, made up of emblematic figures from the international film scene, in particular its president, the Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, British actress Vanessa Kirby, German actress Diane Kruger, Australian director Justin Kurzel, Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki, Moroccan director Laïla Marrakchi and French actor Tahar Rahim.

During his opening remarks, the president of the jury, Paolo Sorrentino, did not miss the opportunity to express his joy for the return of the festival: “I am happy to be present for this edition… I can’t wait that we can enjoy together the moments of screenings and discussions around the films on the program”, he indicated.

Highlight of the opening of the festival, artists from all walks of life presented themselves in great pageantry on the red carpet at the start of the ceremony, to the applause and warm welcome of the public.

The opening ceremony was also an opportunity to pay tribute to many figures of the Moroccan cinematographic scene who have disappeared over the past two years of interruption due to the pandemic, in particular Noureddin Saïl, former director of the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM). .

As usual, Indian actor Ranveer Singh was the star of the evening, warmly welcomed by an audience of fans. The opportunity for the Bollywood star to greet his audience and take selfies.

Receiving the Gold Star of Tribute from the FIFM from the hands of the advisor to the president of the Foundation of the festival, Mélita Toscane du Plantier, the Indian actor took the opportunity to thank the organizers but also his admirers who had come in large numbers. After walking the red carpet of the Festival at the Palais de Congrès, the actor went to meet his audience on the mythical square of Jemaa El Fna where he received an enthusiastic welcome before the screening of his film “Bajirao Mastani which marks the memory of many Moroccans present on the spot.

In fact, the film takes place at the beginning of the 18th century, when Ambaji Pant appoints a young Bajirao to serve as Peshwa (Prime Minister), a character played by Ranveer Singh. A difficult mission where the character is called upon to take up great challenges.

At the microphone of “L’Opinion”, Ranveer Singh expressed his gratitude to his fans and highlighted the strong ties that unite Indian cinema with the Moroccan public, saying he was delighted to be able to shoot clips in Morocco. “I would like to shoot clips in Morocco since it is a very rich country which has wonderful exotic landscapes for our projects”, he indicated. Ranveer Singh is one of the illustrious figures of the Indian film scene who was able to become a popular icon in the world in just ten years. Likewise, he is one of the stars who have contributed to transforming Indian cinema to go beyond the borders of India.

During this 19th edition, other tributes will be paid to great figures from all over the world in recognition of their brilliant careers.

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