“I was last in Marrakech in 2001 for the shooting of Spy game, and it feels good to be back,” said the 83-year-old star actor at Palais des Congrès in Marrakesh, on December 6th, upon receiving the festival’s career tribute.
“I felt a great connection with the people of Morocco because of storytelling. I come from a family of storytellers, and, as a child, nothing was more thrilling than hearing once upon a time” because “stories captivate us, provoke us, inspire us, and finally connect us to each other “He said under the applause of the audience.
“Ultimately when you go to a place it’s a feeling you have. Today I can only say that it feels great to be here.” He concluded.
The oscar-winning director was then handed over the fest’s “Etoile d’or” (Golden star) by French director Rebecca Zlotowski and Franco-Italian actress Chiara Mastroianni under the thunderous applause of a packed room.
This marks the actor’s latest tribute after announcing his retirement, and also the last on the agenda of this 18th edition of the Marrakech Film Festival. Prinyanka Chopra Jonas, French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, and Moroccan actress Mouna Fettou were also honored this year.