The Rabat Festival for the Association of Culture and Arts began its 23rd International Film Festival in Rabat on Friday, November 16, which will continue until the 24th of the month. The opening ceremony was marked by two fervent tributes paid, respectively, to the Moroccan actress
Fatima Harandi (Raouia) and the Egyptian actor Mahmoud Hamida.
The opening was marked by the screening of the film that won the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, "A Family Affair," by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda. A choice to receive, because it is very gratifying to receive in our country filmmakers from other countries who bring with them their cinematographic experience and share with our professionals in the industry. This is, in fact, what happens in all events of this type, such as the Festival of the cinema of author, that is realized now in Rabat with a rich program, distributed by different rooms of the capital to give the possibility of a great public to see the 72 films on offer, of which 14 will be in official competition.
For this 23rd edition, it is Lebanon that takes the prestigious place of guest of honor to reveal its cinematography, through some of its filmmakers requested for the occasion. As President Abdelhaq Mantrech pointed out, "Rabat will experience throughout this event the exceptional moments that this city of lights and capital of culture deserve, in accordance with the wishes of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. which motivates us to make this festival a platform for culture and art, and we are keen to make a strong effort to succeed in this event and to move forward, so in addition to the classical sections, including the official competition, conferences and workshops, organizers plan to present a panorama of the cinema of Moroccans living outside Morocco to maintain the bond with these creators and to follow their production.
Honored tribute was given at the opening ceremony of the emblematic figure of Moroccan cinema, Raouia, which the director Hassan Benjelloun described as a great lady of Moroccan cinema. "She is an actress who inspired me a lot, she is an actress who plays a small part and always gives a plus with the characters she is playing." Her poetic word enters every heart, "adds Benjelloun against Fatima Harandi his Trophy of Recognition under a thunder of applause. A strong thrill filled him in the face of this great ovation. "Thank you for this audience that shared with me this joy and these tears, I like all those who love the cinema, which is an incurable virus." The second tribute is none other than that reserved for the great Egyptian actor Mahmoud Hamida, expressing his joy at being here for the second time in Morocco. "The last time I arrived I kept this same warm and generous public in my memory, and when Mantrach invited me to come, I did not hesitate for a moment. jurors, the critics presided over by the American Noelia Satos and the second of the official competition, led by the Ethiopian director Haile Gerima.It was a beautiful night.Then the festival took its cruising speed with the projection of films that the spectators were waiting for eagerly and other conferences and workshops led by industry professionals.