Francis Ford Coppola Has Been Named President of This Year’s Marrakech Film Festival.
Francis Ford Coppola is one of the definitive filmmakers of the 1970s, and at one point considered widely as the greatest filmmaker of all time. After making films like The Godfather, The Godfather Pt. II, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, and Dracula – there’s no argument that this man is an institution, and someone who understands the fabric of film more than anyone.
It makes strong sense for the Marrakech Film Festival to name him president of this year’s celebrations. In 2013, Martin Scorcese had the honour – or rather, Marrakech had the honour of snagging incredible filmmakers such as these as their presidents. Scorcese, now Coppola – they’re on quite a roll.
According to Deadline,
“The Kingdom of Morocco is among my most favorite places on earth, and thus the Marrakech International Film Festival is a joy to attend,” said Coppola in a statement. “My paternal grandmother was born in North Africa (Tunisia) and I remember well the stories she told. All that personal history plus the fact that Morocco was the first country to recognize the American Colonies as an independent nation makes me feel most welcome.”
The Marrakech International Film Festival runs from December 4-12.