The 8th annual Marrakech Film Festival will showcase 15 films in competition, with Barry Levinson presiding over the jury.
The competition titles hail from 14 countries including Poland, China, Denmark and the U.S. The jury will comprise actors Sebastian Koch, Joaquim de Almeida, Caterina Murino and Natacha Regnier alongside filmmakers Hugh Hudson and Agusti Villaronga and authors Ghita El Khayat and Mariama Barry.
The films in competition are:
- 100, dir: Chris Martinez, Philippines
- A Year Ago In Winter , dir: Caroline Link, Germany
- Country Wedding , dir: Valdis Oskarsdottir, Iceland
- Eden , dir: Declan Recks, Ireland
- Empty Nest , dir: Daniel Burman, Argentina
- Flame & Citron , dir: Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark
- Frozen River , dir: Courtney Hunt, US
- Kandisha , dir: Jerome Cohen-Olivar, Morocco
- Prince Of Broadway , dir: Sean Baker, US
- Tears Of April , dir: Aku Louhimies, Finland
- The First Day Of Winter , dir: Mirko Locatelli, Italy
- The Shaft , dir: Zhang Chi, China
- Time To Die , dir: Dorota Kedzierzawska, Poland
- Wild Field , dir: Mikhail Kalatozishvili, Russia
- Zero Bridge , dir: Tariq Tapa, US/India
Opening the festival will be Levinson's What Just Happened while the closing night film, Eight, comes from directors Jane Campion, Mira Nair, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jan Kounen, Gaspar Noe, Abderrahmane Sissako, Gus Van Sant and Wim Wenders.
Tributes will be paid to actresses Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Yeoh along with directors Andrei Konchalovsky and the late Youssef Chahine.
Retrospectives include a 40 Years Of British Cinema sidebar with such films as Lindsay Anderson's If; Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now; Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam's The Meaning Of Life; David Lean's A Passage To India; Mike Leigh's Secrets And Lies and Terry George's Hotel Rwanda.