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Australia honoured at the Marrakech International Film Festival

A vibrant tribute to Australia, one of the oldest cinemas in the world, at the Marrakech International Film Festival held under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI and the Presidence of His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid.

Australia has been the Guest of Honour of the 18th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival which took place from the 29th of November to the 7th of December in presence of renowned actors, film directors and producers from all over the world.

The program of this edition has been marked by the screening of 25 Australian movies, paying tribute to one of the oldest cinemas in the world. The tribute celebrated Australia's success in building an artistically and commercially vibrant sector from the mid 1970s onwards.

The Australian delegation taking part to the 18th edition of this film festival included famous stars such as Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, Radha Mitchell, and Jack Thompson. Moreover, the Jury presided by the New South Wales born, Tilda Swinton included equally the Australian Film Director, David Michod.

The classic and contemporary Australian cinema has been present in the schedule of this 18th Edition, through films such as the legendary "Mad Max", "Breath" featuring the popular actor Simon Baker, Lion" by Garth Davis, a big international success which has obtained not less than 6 Oscar nominations in 2017 or "True History of the Kelly Gang" by Justin Kurzel.

The Marrakech International Film Festival has awarded the Etoile d’Or (Golden Star) for best film to Colombia’s “Valley of Souls,” directed by Nicolás Rincón Gille, and given a vibrant tribute to the American Actor, Robert Redford known for his glorious career in Hollywood through his roles in “Sunday in New York”, “The Sting” or “Barefoot in the Park”.

The Jury Prize was awarded, ex aequo, to Saudi Arabian pic “Last Visit” by Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan and Chinese film “Mosaic Portrait” by Zhai Yixiang, while the best directing prize was awarded to the Tunisian director Ala Eddine Slim for his visually striking “Tlamess.”

This 18th edition has also been marked by tributes to the French director Bertrand Tavernier, the Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and the Moroccan actress, Mouna Fettou. Each one of them had a significant impact on the contemporary cinema of their respective countries.

The presence of Australia in the 18th edition of the Marrakech Film Festival adds further momentum to this event which has paid tribute, all over the two last decades, to well renowned cinema industries such as those of Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Russia, India and others.