More than 70 movie productions will be screened on the 23rd Rabat International Film Festival, which will include fourteen films in the official competition. The inaugural ceremony of this event, organized by the Rabat for Culture and Arts International Association of Association with Lebanon, was held as an honorary guest, Friday night at the Mohammed V. National Theater. The official competition is "Youtopia" by the Italian director Berardo Carboni, "Resurrection" by Kristof Hoornaert (Berlgique), "Good morning" by Franz-Lebanese Bahij Hojeij, "Namme" directed by Zaza Khalvashi (Georgia), "Volcano" or Serbian Bondarchuk Roman and "Weldi" by the Tunisian Mohamed Ben Attia. It is also the "Journey" of the Mohamed Al Daradji Iraq, "Amir" from Nima Eghlima (Iran), "El autor" and Spaniard Martin Guenca, "The sleeper Duval" and French Manuel Sanchez "," Nadira "by Kamal Kamal (Moroco ), "Solo" by Abdellatif Abdelhamid (Syria), "Write on the snow" by Palestine Rashid Masharawi, and "Laaziza" by Mohcine Besri (Morocco).
The opening of the festival was noted tribute to Fatima Harrandi (Raouia), the actor of Morocco, in recognition of his great artistic career. Egyptian actor Mahmoud Hemida was also a lively tribute paid as well as the American film maker of the origin of Ethiopia Haile Gerima. At the same time, president of the Society of Arts and Culture Rabat International for Abdelhaq Mantrach, highlighted the role of the seventh art in cultural diplomacy, stating that the cinema "reduces distances, jostles boundaries and eliminates stereotyped images" . He also said that this edition will be marked by the projection of films of overseas Moroccan directors, which can match their cinematographic creatures as a Moroccan cultural and artistic product. Actress Fatima Harrandi, for his part, declared himself delighted to move with the tribute paid to her, saying she was in her eyes a gesture of deep symbolic recognition.
The festival jury, chaired by the film maker and film teacher Haile Gerima, includes the psychology professor, Rose-Marie Chahine (Libanus), the artist Hassan Bourkia (Morocco), the researcher in the philosophy of Manuela Paschi ( Italy), the director of David Pierre Fila (France-Congo), journalist Cathrine Ruelle (France), and journalist and film producer Lidia Peralta Garcia (Spain).
At the end of this opening ceremony, Hirokazu Kore-Eda's screen was the "Une affaire de famille" film, which won the Palme d'Or Festival Festival Cannes.