Unless a change occurs, Much Loved will be screened at least twice in Tunisia, at the 26th edition of Carthage Film Festival, taking place from the 21st – 28th of November 2015. This production by Franco-Moroccan, Nabil Ayouch is also competing for the Tanit D’Or, the award for arabo-african cinema.
However, the film is still banned in Morocco, where it was shot. The argument from the Moroccan Minister of Communication, Mustapha el Khalfi to justify the decision he made last May, is that it poses “serious outrage to women’s moral values and is a flagrant violation of the kingdom’s reputation“. Beyond the death threats, the director and the movie’s actresses, have been charged by many associations as producing a film which is basically an “incitement to debauchery“.
Thus, the film has never been screened in any Arab or African country. Tunisia will be the first to screen it and there is much anticipation surrounding this.
Shot in Marrakech, Much Loved, tells the story of 4 young prostitutes, who are victims of a hypocritic moroccan society, that uses them, their bodies and their money, while condemning them at the same time.
The film has been a success in the various other festivals, especially at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, in Cannes 2015. On the 30th of August, it won the Valois D’or, at the Angouleme (France) film festival, as well as the Valois D’or, for best actress for its main character, Loubna Abidar.
Watch the trailer (french subtitles)
Source : Agence Ecofin, 06 Novembre 2015, translation by Mokolo