The 15th Marrakech International Film Festival closed on Saturday, awarding its Golden Star to the Lebanese film Very Big Shot (“Kteer Kbeer”) which was directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya.
Fifteen films competed in this year's feature film competition, including Babel by Kosovo-born director Visar Morina, Key House Mirror by Danish director Michael Noer, Dena’s Paradise by Iranian director Sina Ataeian and Rebellious Girl by Moroccan Jawad Rhalib.
Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro received the best direction prize for his film Neon Bull.
The best actor prize went to Icelandic actor Gunnar Jonsson for his role in Virgin Mountain, directed by Icelandic director Dagur Kari.
French actress Galatea Bellugi received the best actress prize for her role in Keeper, directed by Belgian director Guillaume Senez.
For the first time in the history of the festival, the jury decided to give out jury prizes to all films participating in the official competition.
This year’s jury was headed by American director Francis Ford Coppola, and included directors Naomi Kawase, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Anton Corbijn, actors Sergio Castellito, Sami Bouajila, Olga Kurylenko, Richa Chadda and Amal Ayouch.
The festival took place from 4 to 12 December.
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