Nine renowned filmmakers were announced as the jury for the 18th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival. Four of them are women, including the jury president, actress, and Scottish producer Tilda Swinton. This famous actress acquired international recognition with Orlando of Sally Potter (1992) and won both the Bafta and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton (2007).
She rose to fame among the public for her roles, for which she had also received criticism, in the films Burn After Reading by Joel and Ethan Coen (2008), Doctor Strange Scott Derrickson (2016), Amore (2009) and Suspiria (2018) Luca Guadagnino, or We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) by Lynne Ramsay.
Other jury members include Franco-Italian director Rebecca Zlotowski, British director Andrea Arnold and Franco-Italian actress Chiara Mastroianni, Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho, Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt, Afghan author and director Atiq Rahimi, Australian director David Michôd and Moroccan director Ali Essafi.
Together, they will have to judge the 14 films in official competition and to name winners for the various awards of the Festival including the Golden Star 2019, rewarding the best film of the competition.