Asmae El Moudir’s “The Mom of All Lies” gained prime honors on the Marrakech Movie Pageant on Saturday, marking pageant historical past as the primary Moroccan movie to say the highest trophy, whereas including Marrakech’s Étoile d’Or to a listing of accolades that additionally consists of finest director from Cannes’ Un Sure Regard and finest movie from the Sydney Movie Pageant.
El Moudir’s hybrid function — which can also be Morocco’s Oscar submission — finds the filmmaker and kin utilizing dioramas and collectible figurines to recreate and reenact painful reminiscences set in opposition to the backdrop of the 1981 Casablanca Bread Riots, with the unsparing doc serving as artwork remedy train, household exposé and evocation of nationwide trauma.
“Each society has a fact that’s been buried, burned, redacted and erased,” stated jury president Jessica Chastain upon asserting the highest prize. “However by a collective remembrance, we protect the tales that can not be undone… On this brave director arms, we don’t simply uncover the reality, we’re made complicit in its resurrection in equal elements ache and therapeutic.”
“This movie creates its personal style and introduces an amazing new voice in cinema,” Chastain added.
Upon taking the stage, El Moudir was greeted with a standing ovation from the cheerful Moroccan viewers and was visibly moved to obtain this prize for such a private movie. She requested for a couple of minutes to remember. “It took me ten years to make this movie with my household,” she stated, earlier than making a fiery speech in Darija.
Furthering an already historic evening for the Moroccan movie business, Kamal Lazraq’s native crime thriller “Hounds” shared Marrakech’s jury prize with Lina Soualem’s “Bye Bye Tiberius.” A kidnapping drama set over the course of a single, sweaty evening on the imply streets of Casablanca, “Hounds” additionally claimed the Un Sure Regard jury prize earlier this 12 months – making a 2023 a banner 12 months Moroccan cinema on the worldwide stage.
Sharing the jury prize, “Bye Bye Tiberius” premiered in Venice, gained finest documentary in London, and can signify Palestine on the Oscars. The multi-generation household portrait finds director Lina Soualem returning to her household’s ancestral house in Decrease Galilee alongside her mom, actress Hiam Abbass. Earlier this week, Soualem and Abbass offered the movie at a cathartic public screening that each festivalgoers and Marrakech organizers have cited as an emotional excessive level of this 12 months’s version.
Rounding out the evening’s winners, Senegalese filmmaker Ramata-Toulaye Sy gained finest director for “Banel & Adama,” whereas appearing prizes went to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Asja Zara Lagumdzija for her position in Una Gunjak’s “Tour” and Turkey’s Doga Karakas for his flip in Nehir Tuna’s “Dormitory.”
Arriving two months after a devastating earthquake, and in gentle of the ever-more heart-wrenching information popping out of the Center East, Marrakech opted to have fun its 20th version with a extra sober outing, forgoing each the glowing social occasions and the boisterous public screenings within the metropolis’s historic Jemaa el-Fnaa major sq. that collectively have bolstered the pageant’s worldwide status over the previous twenty years.
Nonetheless, this 12 months’s batch of winners — each in Marrakech, and throughout the pageant circuit — gave pageant organizers trigger for celebration, because the three prime titles all emerged from Marrakech’s Atlas Workshops business improvement program.
“[These prizes] mark the fruits of a few years’ work and energy,” stated pageant coordinator Ali Hajji. “We’re so moved when the younger auteurs that we’ve supported by the Atlas Workshops can win awards on the world’s largest worldwide festivals earlier than coming to Marrakech to current their work to the general public.”
“We actually wish to strengthen this strand, in order that our workshops can assist an increasing number of tasks,” Hajji continued. “[For the festival’s next 20 years] we’ll put as a lot effort as doable into creating these workshops for the long run.”