Robert Redford, Marion Cotillard, Priyanka Chopra Jonas to Speak at Marrakech Film Festival

Elsa Keslassy

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Hollywood star Robert Redford, Oscar-winning French actor Marion Cotillard, Bollywood icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas and French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier will be among the speakers taking part in the masterclass strand “Conversation With” during the 18th edition of the Marrakech Film Festival, which runs Nov. 29 to Dec. 7.

After hosting masterclasses in past years with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, the late Agnes Varda and Guillermo Del Toro, among others, Marrakech is expanding its lineup from seven to 11 conversations. The prestigious and eclectic roster will comprise of Redford, Cotillard, Chopra Jonas, Tavernier, Palestinian director Elia Suleiman, British producer Jeremy Thomas, American actor Harvey Keitel, Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa, Italian director Luca Guadagnino, French-Moroccan actor Roschdy Zem, Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahani and Tunisian actor Hend Sabry.

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Redford will receive the Etoile d’Or award in recognition of his prodigious career at the festival. His tribute will pay homage to Redford’s achievements as a director, producer, actor, activist and founder of the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival.

Cotillard was an Oscar nominee with “Two Days, One Night” (2014) and an Oscar winner with “La Vie En Rose” (2007), and was Golden Globes nominated for “Rust and Bone” (2012), “Nine” (2009) and won with “La Vie En Rose” (2007).

Tavernier, who has directed critically acclaimed films such as “Le Juge et l’Assassin” and “Round Midnight,” is a consummate cinephile and presides at the prestigious Institut Lumière, which organizes an annual festival dedicated to heritage films.

Chopra Jonas is one of Indian cinema’s most popular stars and is also highly popular in Morocco where Bollywood movies enjoy a substantial fanbase. Chopra Jonas’ tribute will take place on the Jemaa El Fna Square and will be open to the public.

Another highlight of the festival is a tribute to Moroccan actor Mouna Fettou, who has been a leading figure in the local cinema scene for the past three decades. Her first major role was in “Un amour à Casablanca” in 1992.

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