By Youssef El Kaidi
Morocco World News
Fez, April 26, 2013
Morocco has become appealing for international film directors since the French film pioneer Louis Lumière. Many famous foreign films have been shot in Morocco. In 1955, Alfred Hitchcock directed The Man Who Knew Too Much shoes scenes took place in Marrakech and Casablanca.
Morocco’s reputation as a unique country with exotic natural scenes and unique cultural traditions attracted many international filmmakers to the extent that Morocco is branded by many as the Hollywood of Africa.The country is a favourite of many top film directors like Ridley Scott.
The list of films shot in Morocco is so long but few people know that films as famous as the ones I site below were filmed in Morocco. Among those films are: The Mummy by Stephen Sommers (1999), Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott (2000), The Mummy Returnsby Stephen Sommers (2001), Spy Game, directed by Tony Scott (2011), Live from Baghdad, directed by Mick Jackson (2002), Alexander directed by Oliver Stone (2004), Exorcist: The Beginning, directed by Renny Harlin (2004), Kingdom of Heaven, directed by Ridley Scott (2005), Of Gods and Men directed by Xavier Beauvois (2010), Sex and the City 2, directed by Michael Patrick King (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, directed by Mike Newell (2010), and Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan (2011).
Essaouira is situated about 500 km southwest of Casablanca along the Atlantic coastline, and the port city is enclosed by 18th century fortified walls.The historical coastal town of Essaouira was chosen to continue the adventures of Daenerys Targaryen in the city of Astapor.
Ouarzazate, also known as the gateway to the desert, is 500 km east of Essaouira and is also home of Atlas Studios, the headquarters of one of the world’s largest movie studios.
Tourism practitioners in Morocco say that such films boost tourism in the country. Since the first episode of this season of “Game of Thrones,” the epic fantasy series followed by many fans around the world, the number of hotel reservations in and around Ouarzazate have reportedly increased 100 per cent.