Martin Scorsese Named Patron of Marrakech Film Fest 2023



by ZAIN UL ABEDIN

Martin Scorsese Named Patron of Marrakech Film Fest 2023
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Renowned filmmaker Martin Scorsese has expressed his deep appreciation for his new role as the official patron of the upcoming Marrakech International Film Festival's prestigious Atlas Workshops. These workshops, which have become a significant platform for emerging talents from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, continue to foster creativity and collaboration.

As reported by Variety, the sixth installment of the Atlas Workshops is scheduled to unfold from November 27 to November 30. In tandem, the highly anticipated 20th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival is set to grace the cinematic world from November 24 to December 2.

Over the course of the last five years, the Atlas Workshops have served as a nurturing ground for 111 diverse movie projects, with 48 of these originating from Morocco. The initiative's commitment to supporting emerging filmmakers from Morocco, the Arab world, and Africa has been steadfast.

Scorsese's Vision for Mentorship

In a press statement conveyed through Variety, Scorsese expressed his genuine enthusiasm, stating, "The Marrakech Film Festival holds a special place in my heart, and I am thrilled to return once again.

Even when unable to attend in person, my spirit has always been closely connected to this vibrant festival." Scorsese's role in the landmark edition of the festival holds particular significance, as he has been entrusted with a pivotal task—engaging with young and aspiring filmmakers and offering them invaluable guidance.

He eagerly anticipates reconnecting with familiar faces and forging new connections, further nurturing the cinematic landscape. This year's Atlas Workshops have already borne fruit, with four films receiving support and subsequently gracing the screens at Cannes across various categories.

Among these notable creations are "The Mother of all Lies" by Morocco's own Asmae El Moudir, "Hounds" by Kamal Lazraq, "Inshallah a Boy" by Jordanian filmmaker Amjad Al Rasheed, and "Deserts" by Moroccan visionary Faouzi Bensaïdi.

Scorsese's commitment to the Marrakech International Film Festival's Atlas Workshops underscores the industry's collective dedication to fostering emerging talents and nurturing a diverse array of voices from the MENA region and beyond.

As the festival approaches, the anticipation for both the workshops and the festival's milestone edition continues to mount, promising a celebration of cinema's boundless potential.