‘Joy’ snags top prize at Marrakesh Film Festival

Sudabeh Mortezai (center) poses with her trophy. (AFP)
Updated 10 December 2018
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‘Joy’ snags top prize at Marrakesh Film Festival

  • Marrakesh’s 17th annual festival was attended by top cinema stars like US director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert de Niro

MARRAKESH: Austrian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai’s “Joy,” an unflinching look at migrant sex workers in Europe, won the top prize Saturday at the Marrakesh Film Festival in Morocco.

Italian actress Monica Bellucci presented the trophy for the film, which tells the story of a young Nigerian forced into prostitution in Vienna.

Marrakesh’s 17th annual festival was attended by top cinema stars like US director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert de Niro.

Tunisian Nidhal Saadi won Best Actor for his role in the film “Regarde moi” (Look at me), directed by Nejib Belkhadi.

And German Aenne Schwarz won Best Actress for her role in “Alles is gut” (All is good), directed by Eva Trobish. Tribute evenings honored the careers of visionary French filmmaker Agnes Varda and her co-director, French street artist JR, who teamed up to produce the road documentary “Faces Places.”

The festival also hailed the career of Moroccan filmmaker Jilali Ferhati, whose films were shown in a new “panorama of Moroccan cinema” sidebar.


Man United targets more signings in search for fast start

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba during a training session in Singapore on Friday, ahead of their International Champions Cup match against Inter Milan. (AFP)
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Man United targets more signings in search for fast start

  • Manager hopes to hit the ground running after stuttering badly toward the end of previous season

SINGAPORE: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Friday the club is working on one or two more signings as he hopes to hit the ground running in the new campaign after stuttering badly toward the end of last season.

Solskjaer enjoyed a stellar start after replacing Jose Mourinho in December, winning 10 and drawing two of his first 12 Premier League fixtures.
But a stunning slump in form saw the side finish sixth in the standings, 32 points behind champions Manchester City.
Aware that his imbalanced squad needed a major overhaul, Solskjaer has already recruited midfielder Daniel James and fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with the club strongly linked to England central defender Harry Maguire and Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes.
“We are working on one or two (signings). My objective here though is we have got to get ready for the games and the training sessions,” the Norwegian told reporters in Singapore on the eve of a pre-season friendly against Inter Milan.
“We are working on putting a squad together which can compete, we have lots of ways which can play. The Premier League is a very competitive league. Our aim is to focus on ourselves, we have to be better and be our only focus. I am sure we will get closer to the top.”
United have already seen midfielder Ander Herrera depart for Paris Saint-Germain and while question marks remain over the futures of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku and the talismanic Paul Pogba, Solskjaer is continuing to prepare for the new season with the Frenchman central to his plans.
“I am looking to get everyone to get their form back to when we first came in. It is not just about Pogba, it is about all of us as a team,” he said, adding that Lukaku was not fit to face the Italian side on Saturday.
“Everyone has been spot on in pre-season in training and the games. I have been very encouraged.
“The start of the season is important, I don’t think many of these players have had a pre-season like this in many years. In the first eight or 10 games, you don’t win anything but you can lose the chance to win anything.”
United complete their pre-season program with matches against Tottenham Hotspur, Kristiansund and AC Milan before opening their Premier League campaign at home to Chelsea on Aug. 11.