Colombia’s ‘Valley of Souls’ Wins Marrakech’s Etoile d’Or

Variety | 12/7/2019 | Martin Dale
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The 18th edition of the Marrakech Intl. Film Festival awarded the Etoile d’Or for best film to Colombia’s “Valley of Souls,” directed by Nicolás Rincón Gille. In his acceptance speech the director said: “Colombia is a country that people know very little about. But in this film I try to offer a glimpse of the country and make us realize how we are connected at the deepest human level.”

The Jury Prize was awarded, ex aequo, to Saudi Arabian pic “Last Visit” by Abdulmohsen Aldhabaan, who expressed his thanks to his cast and crew, and Chinese film “Mosaic Portrait” by Zhai Yixiang, who said: “I saw a lot of mosaics here in Marrakech, so I think I came to the right place.”

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Best directing prize was awarded to the Tunisian director Ala Eddine Slim for his visually striking “Tlamess.” He dedicated the award to “all people who have a dream to achieve something in their lives.”

Best female actor was awarded, ex aequo, to the British actors Nichola Burley and Roxanne Scrimshaw in Fyzal Boulifa’s working-class tragedy “Lynn + Lucy.” A tearful Roxanne received the award on behalf of both actors and explained that her co-star couldn’t be there because she was getting married.

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Best male actor went to Australian actor Toby Wallace in Shannon Murphy’s “Babyteeth.” The award was received on his behalf by actor Ben Mendelsohn, who said he “is a spectacular young Australian actor who in this film traverses the difficult territory of a drug addict and a ne’er-do-well, which poses many pitfalls for an actor and floats above it in a sublime way.”

Jury president Tilda Swinton announced all the awards, which she said were agreed unanimously between the jury members, who “part as friends for life.”

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