The Association's Culture and Arts Rebate Festival kicked off the 23rd Rebate International Film Festival on Friday, November 16, which will continue until the 24th of this month. The opening ceremony was marked by two very strong tributes, respectively, to the Moroccan actress
Fatima Harandi (Raouia) and Egyptian actor Mahmoud Hamida.
The opening was marked by the screening of a film that won Palme & Or at the Cannes-2018 Film Festival, "A Family Affair" by Hirokazu Kore-eda Japan. Options to be welcomed, because it is very pleasant to be welcomed in our filmmaking countries from other countries who bring their cinematic experience and share it with our professionals in this sector. This, moreover, what happened at all such events, such as the auteur Cinema Festival which is currently taking place in Rabat with a rich program, is spread in various capital rooms to provide the possibility for a large audience to see 72 films offered, 14 in among them will be in the official competition.
For this 23rd edition, Lebanon is taking the honorable place of honored guests to reveal its cinematography, through several of its filmmakers who were asked for this event. As President of the Festival Abdelhaq Mantrech has pointed out, "Rabat will experience all these events extraordinary moments that this city of light and cultural capital is appropriate, according to the wishes of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. Knowing that Rebates know very important changes that motivate us to making this festival a cultural and artistic platform, therefore, our concern is to exert intense efforts to succeed in this event and move forward, so apart from the classical section, including official competitions, conferences and workshops, the committee has planned to present a cinema panorama Morocco who live outside Morocco to maintain relations with these creators and follow their production.
The award was paid at the opening ceremony to the figure of the symbol of Moroccan cinema, Raouia, described by director Hassan Benjelloun as a great woman in Moroccan cinema. "She's an actress who inspired me a lot. She is an actress who plays a small role and always adds value to the characters she plays. Her poetry goes into all hearts," added Benjelloun against Fatima Harandi who received her Confession Trophy under pat thunder hand. Strong emotions rushed in front of this big applause. "Thank you for the audience who shared with me this joy and tears. I like all those who love cinema which are incurable viruses. The second award is none other than that provided for the great Egyptian actor Mahmoud Hamida, who did not fail to express his joy because for the second time in Morocco. "Last time when I came, I kept in my mind, this friendly and generous public. And when Mantrach invited me to come, I did not hesitate for a moment. This was also an opportunity to present two judges, namely the the critic, chaired by American Noelia Satos and the second of the official competitions, led by Ethiopian director Haile Gerima, was a beautiful night, then the festival took its cruising speed, with projections awaited by moviegoers and other conferences and workshops. led by industry professionals.