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Morocco’s ‘The Mother of All Lies’ wins historic top prize at Marrakech

Asmae El Moudir’s The Mom Of All Lies gained the highest award on the 20th Marrakech Worldwide Movie Pageant (FIFM) on Saturday, marking the primary time a Moroccan movie has ever acquired the coveted Etoile d’Or.

The hybrid documentary remembers the bread riots that shook the working-class Casablanca neighbourhood of director Asmae El Moudir in 1981 and options members of the filmmaker’s household “appearing” as themselves. They embody her feisty grandmother Zahra, who attended the gala screening of the movie.

The function premiered in Un Sure Regard at Cannes, the place it gained the directing prize and L’Oeil d’or (Golden Eye) documentary prize, happening to win greatest movie at Sydney and greatest documentary at Durban movie pageant. It’s Morocco’s submission for the worldwide function Oscar.

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El Moudir, who additionally wrote and produced the movie, accepted the award from jury president Jessica Chastain.

Kamal Lazraq’s crime movie Hounds scored an extra high win for Morocco, sharing the pageant’s jury prize with Lina Soualem’s documentary Bye Bye Tiberias, which can also be Palestine’s Oscar entry. Hounds beforehand gained the Un Sure Regard jury prize at this 12 months’s Cannes.

Bye Bye Tiberias, which premiered at Venice and gained greatest documentary on the BFI London Movie Pageant, follows director Soualem as she travels to her household’s ancestral residence along with her mom, acclaimed Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass. The tragedy of the continuing Israel-Hamas battle appeared to weigh closely on Abbass throughout her public appearances on the pageant.

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All three profitable titles participated in previous editions of the Atlas Workshops, the pageant’s trade programme, now in its sixth 12 months.

Additional awards included the perfect director prize, which went to Senegal’s Ramata-Toulaye Sy for Banel & Adama, whereas Asja Zara Lagumdzija gained greatest actress for Una Gunjak’s Tour and Turkey’s Doga Karakas was named greatest actor for his efficiency in Nehir Tuna’s Dormitory.

Dealing with challenges

The pageant steered away from its typical events and glamorous crimson carpets in favour of a give attention to cinema and its energy to unify, within the wake of the September 8 earthquake in Morocco that killed practically 3,000 folks. The favored public screenings in Jemaa el-Fnaa, the enduring sq. in Marrakech’s outdated metropolis, had been additionally placed on maintain.

The pageant is free to attend – for public and trade alike – and practically 21,000 registered for the 20th version, up from shut to twenty,000 in 2022. The Atlas Workshops drew greater than 300 trade attendees and the pageant was joined by greater than 900 Moroccan professionals.

As in previous years, the pageant inspired kids to take part, with round 8,000 attending screenings as a part of the Cinema for Younger Audiences programme. Amongst these attending had been 750 younger folks from the Al Haouz province, which suffered the best demise toll from the earthquake.

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FIFM normal coordinator Ali Hajji spoke to Display concerning the challenges that confronted the pageant forward of this 12 months’s launch. “This 12 months was a particular version as we had so many difficulties to undergo, from the actors’ strikes in Hollywood to the escalation of the battle within the Center East and the earthquake,” he mirrored.

“There have been some difficulties with folks travelling from the northern Center East. However as Jessica Chastain stated in her opening speech, we didn’t know a couple of weeks in the past if we had been going to be right here. Nevertheless, ultimately, it was a really lovely version.”

FIFM happened from November 24 to December 2.

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