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Tilda Swinton, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard and more at the opening of the Marrakech International Film Festival (photos)

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The 18th Marrakech International Film Festival kicked off on Friday evening, November 29th, in the presence of an array of stars from all over the globe. Scottish actress Tilda Swinton is the president of the jury.

For this 18th edition, women are particularly in the spotlight, with several directors and committed films as “Noura Dream” (2019), evoking the injustices of the patriarchal system in Tunisia.

The jury chaired by Tilda Swinton includes the French director Rebecca Zlotowski, who actively promotes parity in the world of cinema and audiovisual. Alongside her, sits British director Andrea Arnold, French-Italian actress Chiara Mastroianni, Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt as well as Australian filmmaker David Michôd, Afghan Atiq Rahimi, Brazilian Kleber Mendonça Filho and Moroccan Ali Essafi.

This very mixed jury must grant the Golden Star (Grand Prize) to the winner among the 14 feature films in competition, on December 7th.

The tribute ceremonies of the 2019 edition distinguish four celebrities from four continents, the American Robert Redford, the French Bertrand Tavernier, the Indian Priyanka Chopra and the Moroccan Mouna Fettou.

Not to mention the great addition for the second consecutive edition; the public exchanges with daily “conversations” with renowned artists, starting with the French Marion Cotillard, the American actor Hrvey Keitel, and the Tunisian Hend Sabry.