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Warm welcome for Viggo Mortensen in Marrakech

Written by Amal Asebriy

American actor Viggo Mortensen received a standing ovation on Tuesday, December 4th, at Marrakech Film Festival prior to the screening of his new film ‘Green Book’.

Before walking the red carpet of the festival, the talented actor took the time to greet and shake hands with the hundreds of fans – one by one-  men and women of all ages waiting on the festival’s red carpet. An act that prompted  a round of  applause inside the Palais des Congrès where a live streaming of the red carpet  was tacking place.

As an accustomed to the festival (FIFM payed tribute  to Mortensen  back in 2014),  his appearance on stage to present ‘Green Book’, was met with a warm welcome and a 2-min standing ovation. Although he was  alone, Mortensen made sure to honor the rest of his team,  “I’m  very  pround of this story and the teamwork spirit we had during  filming alongside Mahershala Almi,  a great actor and  gentleman’ he  said.  “I hope you’re going to appreciate Green Book as I do’ he concluded.

Appreciation soon came as the movie drew applause and great laughter from the assembled audience a few  times throughout the screening. The film’s rapturous response lasted for three minutes as soon as the credits began to roll.

Green Book  is Peter Farrelly’s  comedy-drama film based on a true story about a tour of the Deep South in the 1960s by African-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), an Italian-American brawny who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard. The screenplay was written by Vallelonga’s screenwriter son, actor Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley and letters his father wrote to his mother.

Meantime,  Leila Elwi and Bassem Samra, the cast of the Egyptian movie “Brooks, Meadows and lovely faces” by Yousry Nasrallah, met with the Jamaa audience for an open-air screening.