Tilda Swinton, Naomi Watts Laud Cinema at Marrakech Film Festival Opening

The Marrakech Film Festival kicked off Friday with a bevy of filmmaking talent on the red carpet and an inspiring speech by the jury president Tilda Swinton.Ever since its launch in 2001, the festival has used Morocco’s strategic and historic position as a crossroads between different world cultures, to bring together different filmmaking talents from the four corners of the world, and movies ranging from Hollywood blockbusters to ambitious art movies.This spirit was highlighted in the opening ceremony on Friday evening, in which clips from the 14 films screening in Official Competition offered glimpses of the different voices and visions on show, including 12 first films and two second films.Before Swinton took the stage, clips were shown from her films that underline the breadth of roles and film genres she has embraced in her career, including films as different as “Orlando,” “Snowpiercer,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “I am Love,

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