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FIFM day 2:  Robert De Niro gets a tribute award

Written by Amal Asebriy

It was a long-awaited moment. This year, the International Film Festival of Marrakech (FIFM) welcomed with great enthusiasm the living legend of American cinema, Robert De Niro.

Even though they shot nine films together, they were seen together on very few occasions worldwide. The actor of “Taxi Driver”, “Raging Bull”, “The Godfather II” received on Saturday, December 1st, the Etoile d’Or (Golden Star) from his old friend and frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese in tribute to his remarkable career.

“We made our first film together, I think it was over 45 years ago… One of the great blessings of my life,” said De Niro.

Scorsese, while handing him the award joked: “What would this be? The mid-point of his career? It is probably more accurate to say the peak of his career but then this guy has more peaks than the Atlas mountains.”

De Niro used the occasion to lash out at American President Donald Trump . “Sadly, in my country, we are going through a grotesque version of nationalism… marked by greed, xenophobia and selfishness under the banner of ‘America First’,” he said.

A few minutes prior to the tribute ceremony, Robert De Niro took the opportunity to greet the hundreds of admirers who were waiting for him on the Festival’s red carpet. Men and women of all ages wanted to welcome the huge international star.

On Sunday, December 2nd, Robert de Niro returned to the Palais des Congrès in Marrakech where he gave a press conference. The international actor confirmed a ninth collaboration with Scorsese; Netflix’s “The Irishman”, set for release next year.

Born in New York in 1943, De Niro’s career began on Broadway, before he discovered cinema at age 20. He worked on a variety of films with Scorsese — from “Taxi Driver” in 1976 to “Casino” in 1995.