The IFFM will take place from November 11 to 19, 2022

The Italian director Paolo Sorrentino will preside over the jury of the 19e edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (MIFF) scheduled from November 11 to 19, 2022.

Its jury will award the Golden Star to one of the 14 first and second feature films in the international competition, dedicated to the discovery of filmmakers around the world.

“The Marrakech Festival is for me the place where the dream of watching many films with Martin Scorsese, and spending days talking about cinema with him, and other talented colleagues, came true. To return this year as president of the jury is an honor. I believe, I want to believe, that the theaters will fill up again and I am sure that many great films will be released soon. To witness this revival from such a symbolic place, to discover the cinema of tomorrow from such an interesting cultural and geographical point of view, will be an additional gift” he says in an official statement.

Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino is today one of the most famous and exciting representatives of Italian cinema. His work, rich in a dozen films and series, explores contemporary themes and delivers a singular reflection on power, politics and religion, among others. An author with an abundant imagination driven by a constantly renewed aesthetic ambition, Paolo Sorrentino has received awards at the most important film festivals and events around the world.

Paolo Sorrentino was born in Naples in 1970. His first feature film, L’uomo in più (The Man in More), selected at the Venice Film Festival in 2001, marked the beginning of his collaboration with Toni Servillo, with whom he would make several films. His next six films were selected in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival: Le conseguenze dell’amore (The Consequences of Love, 2004); L’amico di famiglia (The Family Friend, 2006); Il Divo (2008), which won the Jury Prize; This Must Be the Place (2011), shot in the United States with Sean Penn and Frances McDormand; La Grande Bellezza (2013), which won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film; and Youth (2015) – La giovinezza, which brings together Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda. The film received 3 European Film Awards, 1 Oscar nomination and 2 Golden Globe nominations.

In 2016, The Young Pope, his first television series, received 1 Golden Globe nomination and 2 Emmy nominations. In 2018, his eighth film, Loro (Silvio and the Others) was selected for the Toronto Film Festival.

In 2019, Sorrentino is directing the television series The New Pope with Jude Law and John Malkovich.

In 2021, È stata la mano di Dio (The Hand of God) was presented at the Venice Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize. The film also received an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.

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