The choice of Australia was an “evident” one, says the FIFM in a statement. Considered to be one of the oldest in the world, Australian cinema has regularly produced some of the most important masterpieces of the 7th art internationally.
A number of these will be screened during the 18th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival. A journey back in time starting in 1971 with Ted Kotcheff’s “Waked In Fright” and Nicolas Roeg‘s “Walkabout”, this retrospective chronicles almost five decades of Australian Filmmaking, giving the public an opportunity to rediscover such classics as George Miller‘s “Mad Max” or Peter Weir‘s rarely seen cult film “Picnic at Hanging Rock”.
Recent Australian cinema is also represented with films such as Garth Davis’ “Lion”, a major international box office success that won no less than 6 Oscar nominations in 2017.
The Festival is screening 25 Australian feature films showcasing the diversity and distinctiveness of this great filmmaking nation.
In addition to these screenings, 25 stars of the Australian big screen will also be attending the FIFM. The list includes Naomi Watts (“Mulholland Drive”, “King Kong”), Geoffrey Rush (“Shine”, “The King’s Speech”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Animal Kingdom”, “Darkest Hour”) ), Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “The Great Gatsby”), Abbie Cornish (“Bright Star”, “Limitless”), David Wenham (“Top of the Lake”, “Lion”), Anthony La Paglia ( “Lantana”), Radha Mitchell (“Melinda and Melinda”, “Silent Hill”), Greta Scacchi (“White Mischeif”, “The Player”), Jack Thompson (“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” “,” Australia “), Aden Young (” Killer Elite “,” Rectify “), Richard Roxburgh (” Impossible Mission II “,” Red Mill! “), Sarah Snook (‘Steve Jobs”).
Australia joins the list of several countries whose films have been honored by previous editions: Spain, Italy, Egypt, the United Kingdom, South Korea, France, Mexico, India, Scandinavia, Japan, Canada, Russia, and Morocco.