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Australia, Guest of Honour of Marrakech Film Festival

The 18th Marrakech International Film Festival, to be held from November 29th to December 7th under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, will pay tribute to Australian cinema.

This edition will celebrate artists and films from around the world, and like previous editions will be "a major event in the world of cinema attracting professionals and film lovers alike," according to a statement published on FIFM website.

The landscapes of the Australian continent are ever present in these large-scale productions. They are places filled with inspiration, soul and a powerful screen presence, like mythical Ayers Rock, deserts stretching to infinity yet brimming with life, bushland that is at once exotic and mysterious.

Renewing one of its traditions, initiated in 2004, the festival honors Australian cinema "considered to be one of the oldest in the world", the statement said. Australia is known to have produced the very first feature-length fiction film in history. It has entertained the world with remarkable films such as “Dead Calm”, “Muriel”, “Ballroom Dancing”, and “Animal Kingdom”, as well as major box-office successes like “Mad Max” and “Crocodile Dundee”, the same source added.

The Australian film industry had its beginnings with the 1906 production of The Story of the Kelly Gang, the earliest feature film ever made. Since then, Australian crews have produced many films, a number of which have received international recognition. Many actors and filmmakers started their careers in Australian films, a large number of whom have acquired international reputations, and a number of whom have found greater financial benefits in careers in larger film-producing centres, such as in the United States.

Australian actors of renown include Errol Flynn, Peter Finch, Rod Taylor, Paul Hogan, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown, Judy Davis, Jacki Weaver, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, Ben Mendelsohn, Anthony LaPaglia, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Toni Collette, Rose Byrne, Sam Worthington, Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Chris Hemsworth, Sarah Snook, Mia Wasikowska and Margot Robbie.

Australia is also an extraordinary source of talent for Hollywood, and home to some of the brightest stars of English-language cinema, according to FIFM organizers.

A distinguished delegation of Australian actors and directors will make the trip to Marrakech for this exceptional tribute.