Having also played in the Singapore IFF earlier this week, Max Currie’s Everything We Loved is screening in competition in Morocco’s Marrakech Film Festival, in a line-up heavily skewed to first and second features.
All up, the festival is screening 87 films from 22 countries, including 13 world premieres. The competition line-up offers an interesting mix of titles. As well as Currie’s first feature, which had its world premiere almost a year ago in Palm Springs, the 15-strong field includes Azerbaijan’s Foreign Language Oscar submission, Elchin Musaoglu’s Nabat; local boy Mohamed Mouftakir’s second feature, L’Orchestre des Aveugles (The Blind Orchestra); and Takuya Misawa’s Japanese drama Chigasaki Story.
Misawa attends as part of a Japanese delegation led by Hirokazu Kore-eda, who was last year honoured by the festival while his Like Father, Like Son was busy on the festival circuit after picking up a couple of awards at Cannes.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Hirokazu spoke about the challenges facing Japanese filmmakers in getting their films out into the world.Acknowledging that Japanese directors didn’t need to sell their films overseas, since domestic box office was sufficient to support production, Hirokazu spoke of the growing interest from beyond Asia in China and Korea – although he wasn’t complaining. “I don’t feel we are frightened by the other markets; I am more stimulated by them and I try to make as good films as they do.”
Among the Marrakech jury members are a couple of directors whose films have seen plenty of festival action and awards this year, India’s Ritsh Batra (The Lunchbox) and Abderrahmane Sissako, whose Timbuktu plays out of competition.
Also playing out of competition is James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything, written by Anthony McCarten (Show of Hands, Via Satellite).
The Marrakech International Film Festival runs until 13 December.