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American actor Harvey Keitel presents “The Irishman” in Marrakech

Written by Amal Asebriy

The American actor Harvey Keitel presented on Monday, December 2nd at Palais des Congrès, one of the rare screenings of “The Irishman” in light of the Marrakech Film Festival.

This epic 3h30 movie was presented on Monday evening during a special screening of the Marrakech International Film Festival before a full room. Many wished to benefit from the rare opportunity of the film’s screening as it has limited cinema distribution around the world and is mainly reserved for Netflix.

While neither Martin Scorsese or Robert DeNiro was able to attend the festival this year, Harvey Keitel, who plays a supporting role in the movie, took it upon himself to present it on stage. The latter also introduced a video message from Scorsese and DeNiro.

The movie tells the story of Frank Sheeran who was taught how to kill in World War II. He later made his skills available to the Mafia, becoming a favorite of notorious union boss Jimmy Hoffa. Sheeran’s story spans decades but culminates in the days preceding Hoffa’s mysterious disappearance.

From the perspective of that event in July of 1975, Martin Scorsese’s latest masterly epic unfolds the gloomy career of a man without a conscience. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and – for the first time in a Scorsese film – Al Pacino no longer play the self-absorbed, glamorous gangsters of Goodfellas or Casino; The Irishman injects a motif of futility, senselessness, and transience. Wielding violence delivers intoxicating feelings of power, but it’s a game in which there are only losers.

Earlier in the day, Harvey Keitel delighted the Moroccan audience, in a fluid and laid-back discussion. He talked about his youth, during which he joined the Navy at the age of 17,  how he chooses his roles and his insight on the Hollywood industry.