Rabat – The Marrakech International Film Festival will pay tribute to Russian cinema at its 16th edition to be held from December 2 to 10, 2016.
As part of its sixteenth edition, the Marrakech International Film Festival is “happy to pay tribute to Russian cinema, one of the richest and most prolific film in Europe,” said the Festival Foundation in a statement on Tuesday. “This year, Russia will be in the spotlight, the pre-revolutionary Russian cinema, Soviet and post Perestroika – being one of the major players in world cinema since its inception,” the statement said. “If, during the last twenty-five years, the Russian cinema redefines itself, great works have however emerged, new names came succeed the great classics and the big festivals are always on the lookout for those who will tomorrow over which directors Marrakech will pay tribute,” the same source added.
From Sergei Eisenstein and his “Cuirassé Potemkine” to “Leviathan” Andrei Zvyagintsev, the festival will sweep eighty years of cinematography that alternated the genres: the Great Story ( “Ivan the Terrible” by Sergei Eisenstein, “Andrei Rublev” by Andrei Tarkovsky, “Sibériade” by Andrei Konchalovsky, “Russian Ark” by Alexander Sokurov), wars and their trauma ( “The Cranes Are Flying” by Mikhail Kalatozov, “Le Quarante-et-unième” by Grigory Chukhray, “Le Frère” by Alexei Balabanov, “Le Prisonnier du Caucase” by Sergei Bodrov) and comedies ( “La Voie radieuse” by Grigori Aleksandrov and “Les Zazous” by Valeri Todorovski).
It is also about social problems ( “J’ai vingt ans” by Marlen Khutsiev, “La Petite Vera” by Vasily Pichul, “Bouge pas meurs et ressuscite” by Vitali Kanevsky, “Taxi Blues” by Pavel Lungin, “L Idiot! ” by Yury Bykov) questioning (” “Le Thème” by Gleb Panfilov,” Le Sacrifice” by Andrei Tarkovsky) … and even love (“De l’amour” by Anna Melikian). The Marrakech Film Festival has awarded two Grand Prix to Russian films ( “Champ sauvage” by Mikhail Kalatozishvili, 2008, and “Classe à part” by Ivan Tverdovski, 2014), paid tribute to Andrei Konchalovsky and invited Pavel Lungin to the jury, not counting the many works that have marked the selections of this event.
“It was natural that the homage is therefore paid to the entire filmmaking: 30 films accompanied by a delegation of 30 guests (directors, actors and actresses, heads operators, scriptwriters, institutional, producers …) which will be presided over by the director and president of Mosfilm, Karen Shakhnazarov,” said the Festival Foundation.
From the UK to Japan, passing through Scandinavia or Canada last year, the International Festival of Marrakech film has always wanted to highlight the cinematography to reregister the new works in the context they were created.