The “Conversation with” section is one of the highlights of the Marrakech International Film Festival and returns during the 18th edition for some fascinating exchanges with some of those who create the magic of cinema around the world.
As its name suggests, “Conversation with” is a forum for free-flowing discussion with some of the great names in international filmmaking. These sessions are free and open to all: industry professionals, journalists, and the general public.
During last year’s festival, the launch of this new section was a huge hit with Moroccan and international film lovers. More than 3,000 people attended seven conversations with some legendary names of the big screen, offering some intense moments with artists, who generously shared their vision and their cinematic techniques and delivered some dazzling demonstrations and fascinating anecdotes to an audience of cinephiles.
After the success of the previous edition, the Festival is recreating the experience and expanding from seven to 11 conversations at this year’s event. Once again, some of the biggest names in international filmmaking have confirmed their participation at this major FIFM event.
They include US director, actor, producer, and all-around legend Robert Redford, along with Academy Award-winning French actor Marion Cotillard. Multi-award-winning Palestinian director Elia Suleiman will also be in attendance, along with independent British producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, Only Lovers Left Alive) and celebrated US actor Harvey Keitel, star of some of the biggest hits in cinema history including Thelma and Louise, The Piano, and Pulp Fiction.
A French cinema giant, director Bertrand Tavernier will share the lessons of his lengthy cinema career with audiences in Marrakech, and the Festival also welcomes Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa for what promises to be a captivating cinematic and cultural voyage. They will be joined by Bollywood icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas, to the delight of fans of Indian cinema.
Another high point of this series of conversations will be when passionate and committed actors Golshifteh Farahani from Iran and Hend Sabry from Tunisia share the stage. The esteemed Italian director Luca Guadagnino and leading French actor of Moroccan descent Roschdy Zem will close the prestigious event.

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