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17th Marrakech International Film Festival to Honor Robert De Niro

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9709240dv) Robert De Niro gestures while introducing a performance by Bruce Springsteen at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, in New York The 72nd Annual Tony Awards - Show, New York, USA - 10 Jun 2018

Rabat – The iconic American actor Robert De Niro will be honored at the 2018 Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM) November 30 to December 8.

“Even though I have been to Marrakech many times, I feel that I am about to see another face of the city. A face that I have always wanted to discover. I am very grateful for this invitation and look forward to taking part in this great festival,” De Niro said in an official statement.

A key figure in cinematic history, Robert De Niro has an extensive filmography.

Born in New York in 1943, De Niro’s career began on Broadway, before he discovered cinema at age 20. He quickly became the favorite actor of Martin Scorsese who, from “Taxi Driver” in 1976 to “Casino” in 1995, frequently entrusted De Niro with neurotic roles.

De Niro is perhaps most famous for his role in “The Godfather,” where his impression of a killer earned him an Oscar.

Throughout his impressive career, De Niro has won two Oscars, for “Raging Bull” and “The Godfather 2,” and a Golden Globe crowning his entire career.

The FIFM jury will be chaired by American director James Gray who worked with the biggest stars of Hollywood such as Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Charlize Theron.

Since its inauguration in 2002, FIFM has welcomed notable cinematic personalities, including Francis Ford Coppola, Charlotte Rampling, Martin Scorsese, and Marion Cotillard.

Last year, the Marrakech festival was cancelled “in order to allow the festival to advance in its mission not only to promote Moroccan cinema, but also to open up to other cultures,” the organizers said in a statement.

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