Cannes Film Festival after the pandemic..Morocco represents the Arabs in the official competition | France


Moroccan cinema is participating for the first time in the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival with the film “Ali Your Voice”.

After the 2020 edition was canceled due to the Corona pandemic crisis, the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival – last Thursday in Paris – announced the program of the 74th session for this year, which will benefit from the easing of restrictions imposed to confront the pandemic.

This year’s edition of the festival will be held from July 6 to 17, instead of its traditional date in May, at the Palais des Festivals on La Croisette avenue; Where thousands of cinema workers from all corners of the world will gather.

The program of the “Cannes” festival was rich and varied and at the level of expectations of critics and audiences, according to observers, especially after the festival’s commissioner-general, Thierry Fremaux, announced the list of participating films and the most prominent stars and film directors who will attend the largest event for the seventh art in the world.

The list included the movie “The French Dispatch” by Wes Anderson, the movie “Benedetta” by the Dutchman Paul Verhoeven, as well as the opening movie “Annette” by French Leos Carax, without forgetting the American actor, screenwriter and director Tom McCarthy Who will attend the event with his movie “Stillwater”.

American star Jodie Foster, whom the festival decided to honor and award with the Golden Palm of Honor, will also be present on the red carpet. The two Oscar-winning actress will be a guest of honor at the opening ceremony of the festival, in which the American “Spike Lee” chairs the jury.

24 films in the official competition

The list of films participating in the official competition was characterized by a “very global” orientation and selection, according to the festival delegate, Thierry Fremaux, and its president, Pierre Leskorum, as the official list included 61 films in total, including 24 international films in the official list of the competition, from various orientations and film schools, and from different countries. With a remarkable openness to the countries of the South; Such as Morocco, Chad, Bangladesh and Iran.

This list was selected from more than two thousand films. The 24 shortlisted films will compete to win the Palme d’Or, which was won by South Korean director Bong Joon-hos “Parasite” in 2019.

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The 74th Cannes Film Festival will witness a record French participation with 7 feature films in competition, such as Bergman Island by Mia Hansen Love, La Fracture by Catherine Corsini, and Olympics. Directed by Jacques Audiard, “France” by Bruno Dumont, and “Titan” by Julia Ducornu.

in the first English-language feature film; In the movie “Annette”, director Leos Carax presents a distinctive artistic synthesis through a musical comedy to tell the story of Annette; The mysterious daughter of theatrical actor “Henry and Anne”, the world-famous singer.

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The competition for the Palme d’Or for this edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be fierce, especially after prominent international film figures, directors with important experiences and unique schools of cinema entered the official competition, such as the American director Wes Anderson, who will participate in his movie “French Telegram”, which was filmed in Angouleme (southwest of France). In a fictional setting from the 1940s, the film tells the life of a group of Frenchmen in that era through the eyes of a wandering American journalist who discovers the region.

Actors Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Timothee Chalamet, Adrien Brody, Christopher Waltz, Frances McDormand, Lea Seydoux and Matthew Amalric are expected to appear on the red carpet.

It is expected that the movie “Benedetta” – by the Dutch director Paul Verhoeven – is a sensation, which is inspired by the true story of the life of an Italian nun in the 17th century, and played by the Belgian actress Virginie Evra, along with other actors; Like Lambert Wilson and Charlotte Rampling.

The events of the film are based on the book “Sister Benedita” by Judith C. Brown, which was published in 1989.

The well-known Italian director Nani Moretti returns to the official competition after 20 years of receiving the Palme d’Or for his film “La Chambre du fils”, to try to claim the crown again through his film “Tre Piani”. Moretti adapted his new film from the book of the same title by Nevo Eshkol, adapting the plot and the characters to the Italian environment.

Through the story of the hero Rahim – who is imprisoned because of his inability to pay his debt and who is trying to persuade his creditor to withdraw the complaint in ways and a distinctive artistic plot – Iranian director Asghar Farhadi returns with the movie “Heros” (Heros) for the Cannes Film Festival after the last film he screened in Cannes 3 years ago Years.

Morocco represents the Arabs in the official competition

Moroccan cinema is participating for the first time in the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival through the film “Ali Your Voice”, directed by Nabil Ayouch, who previously screened his films “Khioul Allah” in 2015 and “Adam” in 2019 within the Directors’ Week.

The movie “Ali Your Voice” came in the form of a musical synthesizer that director Nabil Ayouch summarized in previous media statements by saying, “It is a comedy of hip-hop music.”

As usual, Nabil Ayouch in most of his previous films; He wrote the script for the movie “Ali Your Voice”, but this time with the participation of his wife, director Maryam Touzani.

In a marriage between the fictional and the documentary, Ayouch presents in his film real heroes from the youth of popular neighborhoods who participate by their real names, just like the main hero, the dance teacher Anas.


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