Urgent ideas by Amber Wilkinson

Mohcine Besri: 'I'm just trying to be personal in my films to make them as universal as possible' Moroccan director Mohcine Besri says it's personal when it comes to his latest film Urgent (Une Urgence Oridnaire). The film, which scrutinises the Moroccan healthcare system through the story of a family trying to get help for their young son Ayoub (Youssef Alaoui who has a head injury and a man who has attempted suicide (Ayoub Layoussifi), was partially inspired by the experience of Besri's own mother.

Speaking to me at the 17th Marrakech Film Festival, where the film screened in competition, the 47-year-old, who now lives in Switzerland, says: Charlie Chaplin used to say: 'As long as it's personal, it's universal.' So I'm just trying to be personal in my films to make them as universal as possible."

He adds: "I quit Morocco when I was 23 years old and I live in Geneva,
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Dakota Johnson, Lynne Ramsay Among Marrakech Film Festival Jury; ‘Roma’, ‘Green Book’ Among Galas

The 17th Marrakech International Film Festival (Nov 30 – Dec 08) has set a jury comprising Suspiria star Dakota Johnson, Indian actress Ileana D’Cruz (Barfi!), Lebanese filmmaker and visual artist Joana Hadjithomas (I Want To See), Brit director Lynne Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Kevin), Moroccan director Tala Hadid (House In The Fields), French director Laurent Cantet (The Class), German actor Daniel Brühl (Rush) and Mexican director Michel Franco (April’s Daughter). As previously revealed, director James Gray will serve as jury president.

A total of 80 films will unspool at the festival, with Julian Schnabel’s Van Gogh biopic At Eternity’s Gate among gala screenings and also the festival’s opener. Other galas include Roma, Green Book and Capernaum while special screenings include Wildlife, Her Smell and Birds Of Passage. The official competition, galas and special screenings are listed below.

The festival will also feature tributes to Robert DeNiro, Robin Wright,
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