Ten leading figures from the world of cinema from five continents are expected to participate in Marrakech International Film Festival’s In Conversation With… series.
In front of festival audiences, actors, directors, screenwriters, and producers are invited to share their vision and professional practice, all mixed in with tasty anecdotes and impromptu conversations.
The conversations are sure to be rich and exciting, with this year’s guests, who include: charismatic Australian actor and director Simon Baker; talented Moroccan director Faouzi Bensaïdi, to whom the Festival pays tribute this year; free-spirited and audacious French director Bertrand Bonello; Willem Dafoe, the US actor with a legendary filmography; influential Indian filmmaker and producer Anurag Kashyap; singular Japanese director Naomi Kawase; magnetic Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, who will receive the Festival’s Étoile d’or; intense Danish-American actor and director Viggo Mortensen; chameleonic Scottish actor Tilda Swinton; and multi-award-winning, widely respected Russian director and screenwriter Andrey Zvyagintsev.
Born in 1972, Anurag Kashyap is an Indian director, producer, screenwriter, and actor known for his work in Hindi cinema.
He is the recipient of several accolades, including four Filmfare Awards. For his contribution to cinema, the Government of France made him a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2013, the year India was the featured country at the Festival de Cannes to commemorate one hundred years of Indian cinema.
Kashyap is the acclaimed director of Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Ugly (2013), Psycho Raman (2016), Dev D (2009), and Black Friday (2007), and was one of the directors of Netflix’s first Indian series, Sacred Games (2018–2019).
His most recent film, Kennedy (2023), had its premiere in the Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes.