Cinema

Moroccan Sofia Essaïdi to Play the Role of Umm Kulthum in new Film

Rabat - French-Moroccan Sofia Essaïdi will play the role of Umm Kulthum in a new film directed by Guila Braoudé that will highlight the artistic life of the "Diva of the Arab World". Former candidate of Star Academy, the Moroccan singer of a French mother revealed that she will play the role of Umm Kulthum in the movie "The Voice". "It's a huge challenge," the singer said. "I grew up in Morocco in a more Eu ...

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BBC Ranks Casablanca 9th Among Greatest American Films of all Time

By Karla Dieseldorff Miami - The BBC and its prestigious rankings has once again created a poll. This time, with the help of 62 film critics who came up with a list of the 100 Greatest American Films in History. The movie Casablanca climbed to ninth place in the list of feature films. Casablanca has won three Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The critics sent in th ...

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Morocco’s Cinema Center Grants Nabil Ayouch MAD 3.5 Million for a New Film

Rabat - Morocco’s Cinema Center CCM has reportedly offered a fund estimated MAD 3.5 million ($150, 000) to the filmmaker Nabil Ayouch, for the production of his new movie “Matar Al Araq” (Rain of Perspiration). The funding committee at CCM has unveiled this week the list of films that will benefit this year from CCM’s film funds. In a statement, the committee said it approved the funding application made by ...

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Francis Ford Coppola to Preside over the Jury of the Marrakesh Film Festival

Rabat - American director Francis Ford Coppola will be the president of the jury of the 15th edition of the Marrakesh Film Festival. Based on a communiqué from the foundation of the Marrakesh Film Festival, Francis Ford Coppola will chair the jury of the 15th edition of the Marrakesh film festival which will last from December 4 to December 12. The American film director had declared that Morocco was one of ...

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James Bond Star In Tangier to Shoot a New Film

Rabat - James Bond star Daniel Craig is currently in Tangier, Morocco for the shooting of the 24th James Bond movie, Spectre. The cast and filmmakers were also spotted in Morocco’s eastern city of Oujda shooting a scene set to take place inside a train and are expected to shoot more scenes in the desert, in the southeastern city of Erfoud. The film’s official twitter account posted a photo of the narrow str ...

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Nabil Ayouch and Loubna Abidar to Appear in Court July 15

Rabat - The Director of the controversial film “Much loved” Nabil Ayouch and its heroine Loubna Abidar were reportedly summoned by the king’s general prosecutor to stand before the court of first instance on July 15 in Marrakech for charges including “pornography, indecency and inciting minors to debauchery.” According to the daily Assabah in its weekend issue, Director Nabil Ayouch and Loubna Abidar, who p ...

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Shah Rukh Khan Wishes Happy Ramadan to his Fans

Rabat - With the beginning of Ramadan around the world, Muslims have begun exchanging greetings and wishes to their friends, family and loved ones. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter to wish a happy Ramadan to his friends and fans. “…to look inwards & challenge the self, the ego, in our own eyes & as others see us.” Ramadan Mubarak to everyone. pic.twitter.com/XGrQXf1RL7 — Shah Rukh ...

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Vin Diesel in Morocco to Shoot a Film

Rabat - Hollywood superstar Vin Diesel is reportedly in Morocco for the shooting of some scenes of Ang Lee's upcoming movie “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.” The "Fast and Furious” lead actor took to Instagram to share some photos he took in front of a Kasbah in Ouarzazate, one of the world’s filming destinations. Written by Ben Fountain, thefilm follows the story of Billy Lynn, a 19-year-old private who w ...

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Video of Two Egyptian Veiled Actresses Kissing Goes Viral

Rabat - A video of Egyptian actresses Sabreen and Suheir Ramzi kissing in public went viral on social media, creating uproar among internet users. Both wearing hijab, the famous actresses exchanged sensational kisses before the camera in a party reportedly celebrated in Cairo. Social media users denounced the act, which they deemed a “disrespect to the Muslim headscarves they were wearing” and an attack on ...

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Said Taghmaoui: Nabil Ayouch’s Film Goes Against Moroccan Values

Rabat- Moroccan international actor Said Taghmaoui leveled harsh criticism against Nabil Ayouch’s controversial film “Much Loved.” In a post on his Facebook page, Taghmaoui said that the film “undermines Moroccan cultural and religious values” and cannot be viewed as an artistic way to address the phenomenon of prostitution. “How can Moroccans move forward on these issues when the film goes against their re ...

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In Pictures: Morocco in TV Series Games of Thrones

Rabat - Morocco is the site of several filming locations for the epic television series of Games of Thrones, which will conclude its fifth season on HBO next week. Tourism website Lawrence of Morocco has put together a map of every real-life location used in the filming of the series. Many of the scenes were filmed in Morocco, particularly in Season 3. Ait Ben Haddou, Essaouira, and Ourzazate were used for ...

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Much Loved to be released in Paris on June 16

Rabat - “Much Loved (Zin li Fik)," the highly controversial film by Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch which was presented at the Cannes Film Festival but censored in Morocco, will be released in France on June 16, according to French media.  PYRAMID FILM INC., the company in charge of distributing the film, has organized eleven exceptional preview screenings in Paris and other French cities later this week on ...

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