In the hall of the Es Saadi Palace, everyone is impatiently awaiting the arrival of the members of the jury. This Marrakech hotel receives a multitude of celebrities in its Cour des Lions, a gourmet restaurant transformed into a warm reception room for the evening. Diane Kruger opens the ball. Dressed in a long sequined dress, the German actress poses for photographers before heading to the top floor of the palace.
vanessa kirby comes in turn. The interpreter of Margaret in the first seasons of “The Crown” wears a long open-back dress and thin heeled sandals. Jury president Paolo Sorrentino and his wife Daniela are also present, as well as “Nitram” director Justin Kurzel.
Lit by braziers, the terrace on the top floor offers a panoramic view of the entire city. The Atlas Mountains can be guessed despite the darkness. Mélita Toscan du Plantier, ambassador of the Marrakech International Film Festival, chats with the jurors. Waiters come and go among the diners, offering delicious savory and sweet appetizers.
Inside, Jim Jarmusch listens attentively to the Moroccan musicians present on stage. Jeremy Irons, Oscar winner in 1990 for his role in “The Mystery von Bülow”, passes a head. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi talks at length with Tahar Rahim, joined by his wife Leila Bekhti at the stroke of midnight.
Many Moroccan personalities are present, including actor Saïd Bey, directors and producers Simone Bitton, Faouzi Bensaïdi and Khadija Alami.