Marrakech Film Fest 2008: Immigration Dramas

Nov 3, 2008–Two immigration dramas “Prince of Broadway” from Sean Baker and “Frozen River” by Courtney Hunt are among the 15 pictures to compete in Morocco's Marrakech Film Festival.

Jerome Cohen-Olivar's “Kandisha,” a tale of a vengeful ancient spirit starring Said Taghmaoui and David Carradine, represents the host nation in the lineup announced Monday.

“Prince of Broadway,” the winner for narrative feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival, tells the struggles of an illegal Ghanaian immigrant in Manhattan.

“Frozen River,” which won the grand jury prize for drama at Sundance, centers on a single mom lured into the world of people smuggling.

Other contenders from 14 countries include Ole Christian Madsen's “Flame & Citron,” about two heroes of the Danish resistance during Nazi occupation, and Aku Louhimies' “Tears of April,” which pulls few punches in its depiction of the civil war that convulsed his native Finland in 1918.

Premiered at Toronto Film Fest, Argentine Daniel Burman's bittersweet laffer “Empty Nest” follows a middle-aged couple coping with the last child leaving home. Helmer Barry Levinson will be chairing this year's jury.

The event, which runs November 14-22, will fete 50 years of Moroccan cinema with a screening of Mohamed Osfour's first feature, 1958's “Le Fils maudit” (“The Damned Son”), a work widely considered a milestone in the development of the indigenous film industry.

COMPETITION LINEUP

“100,” Chris Martinez (Philippines)

“A Year Ago in Winter,” Caroline Link (Germany)

“Country Wedding,” Valdis Oskarsdottir (Iceland)

“Eden,” Declan Recks (Ireland)

“Empty Nest,” Daniel Burman (Argentina)

“Flame & Citron,” Ole Christian Madsen (Denmark)

“Frozen River,” Courtney Hunt (U.S.)

“Kandisha,” Jerome Cohen-Olivar (Morocco)

“Prince of Broadway,” Sean Baker (U.S.)

“Tears of April,” Aku Louhimies (Finland)

“The First Day of Winter,” Mirko Locatelli (Italy)

“The Shaft,” Zhang Chi (China)

“Time to Die,” Dorota Kedzierzawska (Poland)

“Wild Field,” Mikhail Kalatozishvili (Russia)

“Zero Bridge,” Tariq Tapa (U.S./India)

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