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Iranian Cinema Wins Four of Eight Awards in Rabat International Festival of Author Cinema

By Ayoub Derraza Rabat - Iranian cinema was the star of Rabat International Festival of Author Cinema. Two Iranian films won half of the festival’s awards. Three of the awards were given to Jamshid Mahmoudi’s film A Few Cubic Meters of Love. Hassiba Ibrahimi won Best Female Interpretation and Saed Sohaeli won Best Male Interpretation. The social issue was centered on forbidden relationships between Afghanis ...

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Morocco Represented in New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

Rabat - Morocco will be represented in the New York Sephardic Film Festival scheduled to take place next March. The 19th Annual New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival will take place from March 10th through the 17th at the Center for Jewish History in New York City (15 West 16th Street). The seven-day event is organized by the American Sephardi Federation. It aims to shed light on Jewish culture from the M ...

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Moroccan Film Wins Gold Award in Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival

Rabat - The Moroccan film A Mile in My Shoes by director Said Khallaf won the Gold Award for Best Feature Movie at the 4th annual Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival, which concluded on Friday in Egypt. The movie portrays the story of a teenager who experiences a tragic fate and decides to seek revenge against the society that he views as intolerant him. The film was released in Moroccan theaters on D ...

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Moroccan Playwright Tayeb Saddiki Dies at 77

Rabat - Moroccan Playwright Tayeb Saddiki died on Friday in Casablanca, according to the Huffington Post. He was 77 years old.  The sad news was announced by the radio host and journalist Anis Hajjam Moroccan, who learned of the brother of tayeb saddiki, according to the same source. The information was confirmed to the HuffPost Morocco by artist Mamoun Salaje, Tayeb Saddiki’s nephew. The Essaouira native w ...

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Iranian-French Director Marjane Satrapi To Shoot Film in Morocco

Meknes - Iranian-French filmmaker Marjane Satrapi reportedly will shoot scenes of her new movie, “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” in Casablanca. According to American magazine Variety, the Iranian-French director has opted for Casablanca to shoot scenes of her new movie, in addition  to other international destinations such as Paris, Rome, and Jodhpur. The movie’s screenplay is based on a blockbust ...

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Al Pacino Predicts Successful Career for Gad El Maleh in America

Meknes- American actor and film director Al Pacino is predicting a prosperous and successful career to Moroccan-French comedian Gad El Maleh in the United States. The statement was made following El Maleh’s show “China Doll” on January 26, in New York. Hollywood’s superstar attended the Casablanca native’s comedy show precipitating an effusive reaction from the comedian as if a kid had met his superhero. Ac ...

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Interview with Chaymaa Rhou, Founder of Nomadic Filmland Academy

Rabat - Chaymaa Rhou arrived in Morocco in 2015 after spending almost seven years traveling between Egypt, South Africa, and Germany. In her travels she pursued various filmmaking and media degrees as well as other relevant experiences in her field. While completing her M.A. in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Free University of Berlin, Rhou was also involved in entrepreneurial events such as World Wome ...

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Bulgarian TV Features Ouarzazate Studios

By Mohammed Lakdali Rabat - During a morning TV show, the Bulgarian national channel BN TV1 showed a special program about film studios in Ouarzazate describing it as “the city of cinema and Amazigh culture.” The report, which was filmed in Ouarzazate and presented by Anna Angelova, discussed the geographical and professional qualifications of the “City of Movies” and home of Atlas Studios. Amine Tazi, the ...

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Loubna Abidar Nominated for Best Actress in César 2016 Awards

Taroudant - Moroccan actress Loubna Abidar, who played the role of a prostitute in the controversial film Much Loved directed by Nabil Ayouch, has been nominated for Best Actress in the 41st annual César Awards. Nominations for the 41st annual César Awards were unveiled on Wednesday early morning in Paris. The César awards, the most coveted award in French cinema, will be held on February 26 at the Théâtre ...

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Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

By Mohamed Lalej Rabat - Released in 2015, The Hateful Eight is a film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring an ensemble cast that consists of Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Walter Goggins among other talented actors. The movie serves as Tarantino’s eighth feature film, and once released it was received highly positive reviews from both critics and audiences. ...

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Moroccan Parliament Approves 20% Tax Rebate for Foreign Films

New York - The Moroccan Parliament has approved a new incentive that has the potential to double the filming of foreign films in Morocco as of 2016. The 2016 Finance Law, which will enter into effect on March 31, 2016, includes a 20 percent tax cash rebate for foreign films, according to a report by Variety magazine. A foreign film will be eligible to receive the 20 percent cashback if its expenditures are ...

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“Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, This Year’s Jury Prize Is for Cinema Itself” Francis Ford Coppola

Marrakech - Many are still wondering why this Year's Jury Prize of The International Marrakech Film Festival had not singled out one picture for the prestigious distinction. Several explanations are being suggested. Maybe none of the films deserved to be awarded the Prize but the Jury was not comfortable not awarding one. Maybe strong positions were expressed in the deliberations that made even a majority v ...

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