Rabat – Legendary American director Francis Ford Coppola will chair the 15th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival to be held from 4 to 12 December 2015, announced Friday the Marrakech Film Festival Foundation in a statement .
Francis Ford Coppola is part of that generation of filmmakers, fond of pop culture and proud of their independence, which will upset the American cinema in the late 60s Marrakech still keeps his memory alive when he was honored by the Festival in 2002, and his masterly intervention in a master class in 2010. A friendship developed between what is so great filmmaker and Morocco.
“The Kingdom of Morocco is one of my favorite places in the world, so it is with particular pleasure that I attend the Marrakech International Film Festival. My paternal grandmother was born in North Africa (Tunisia more accurately), and I remember well the stories she told me. These personal and family affinities, added to the fact that Morocco was the first country to recognize the American colonies as an independent nation, make me feel all quite welcome, “said the legendary American director, quoted by the press.
Born in Detroit in 1939, Coppola grew up in New York, in Queens. Stricken with polio as a child, he spent much time in bed and discovered a passion for cinema by playing with a miniature projector.
Student enthusiastic and prolific theater and film at universities and Hofstra UCLA, he was noticed by winning the Oscar for best screenplay for PATTON, before realizing the Godfather trilogy, and APOCALYPSE NOW SECRET CONVERSATION.
These films always rank among the greatest masterpieces of cinema. Maverick film production, he founded the company American Zoetrope and thus helped launch and enriching career filmmakers like George Lucas, Carroll Ballard, John Milius, his daughter Sofia Coppola, but also actors and actresses such as Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, James Caan, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfus, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Matt Dillon and Diane Lane. Films produced by Zoetrope harvested no less than sixteen statuettes and seventy Oscar nominations.
As a screenwriter, director, producer and pioneer of new audiovisual technologies, Francis Ford Coppola is the author of a work that helped shape the contemporary American cinema.
Two-time Palme d’Or with The Conversation (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979) and 5 awards at the Oscars, for his legendary films. Filmography 2011 Twixt 2009 YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH Tetro 2007 (Youth Without Youth) THE RAINMAKER 1997 (The Rainmaker) 1996 1992 BRAM STOKER’S JACK Dracula (Dracula) 1990 THE GODFATHER PART III (The Godfather Part 3) 1988 TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM (Tucker) 1987 GARDENS OF STONE (Stone Gardens) PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED 1986 (Peggy Sue Got Married) 1984 THE COTTON CLUB (Cotton Club) 1983 THE OUTSIDERS (Outsiders) 1983 RUMBLE FISH (Rumble Fish) 1982 ONE FROM THE HEART (Blow of heart) 1979 1974 APOCALYPSE NOW THE GODFATHER PART II (The Godfather – Part 2) 1974 THE CONVERSATION (The Conversation) 1972 THE GODFATHER (The Godfather) 1970 1969 PATTON THE RAIN PEOPLE (The Rain People) 1,968 Finian’s Rainbow (Valley of Happiness) 1967 YOU’RE A BIG BOY NOW (Big boy) 1963 DEMENTIA 13 Presidents of the Jury from 2001 to 2014 2014 2013 Isabelle Huppert Martin Scorsese 2012 John Boorman 2011 Emir Kusturica 2010 John Malkovich 2009 Abbas Kiarostami 2008 Barry Levinson 2007 Milos Forman’s 2006 Roman Polanski 2005 Jean-Jacques Annaud 2004 Alan Parker in 2003 Volker Schl? ndorff 2002 Jeanne Moreau Charlotte Rampling 2001 LC.