Rabat – Moroccan actress Mouna Fettou won the 2019 Marrakech International Film Festival’s Golden Star on Wednesday, December 4. Receiving the award at the ceremony, Fettou thanked King Mohammed VI and Prince Moulay Rachid for the special attention they pay to the festival.
Accepting the distinction from Tunisian actress Hend Sabry, the Moroccan actress said: “The FIFM has been a huge success from one edition to the next, and this Festival, which has hosted the greatest stars of international cinema, has become today one of the most important events on the world cultural agenda,”
The actress also underlined the Marrakech festival’s key role in promoting Moroccan cinema on the international stage. Fettou dedicated the award to Moroccan women, actors, and actresses and called in a “crowning achievement.”
Fettou kicked off her career in 1992 when she landed her first big role, staring in “Un amour à Casablanca.” Since her first starring role, Fettou has become an icon of Moroccan cinema, her versatility as an actress earning her both comedy and drama parts in Moroccan television shows and movies.
The international film festival is paying tribute to Australian cinema this year. The festival’s website reminds cinema fans that Australia produced the first feature-length fiction film in history.
It has entertained the world with remarkable films such as “Dead Calm,” “Muriel,” “Ballroom Dancing,” and “Animal Kingdom,” as well as major box-office successes like “Mad Max” and “Crocodile Dundee,” the same source added.
A number of big names from Australian cinema are attending the event, running until the festival’s jury announces the 2019 award winners at a ceremony on Saturday, December 7.
Scottish performer and producer Tilda Swinton is heading the jury for the film festival this year, accompanied by French director Rebecca Zlotowski, British director Andrea Arnold, Franco-Italian actress Chiara Mastroianni, Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho, Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt, Afghan writer and director Atiq Rahimi, Australian director David Michod and Moroccan director Ali Essafi.