“The Last 50 Years Destroyed Our Old World”: Five Questions for Actress/Director Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent (Courtesy: Marrakech International Film Festival)Mélanie Laurent (Courtesy: Marrakech International Film Festival)

French actress Mélanie Laurent may be best known to American audiences for her role as Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. But in addition to acting in over 35 international roles, Laurent has also directed two feature films. Based on…  Read more


“All Films are about the Tugging of the Heart”: 5 Questions for Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons (Photo: Marrakech International Film Festival)Jeremy Irons (Photo: Marrakech International Film Festival)

After attending the inaugural edition in 2001, English actor Jeremy Irons returned to the Marrakech International Film Festival on Saturday night to receive a career tribute award. The Academy Award-winning star greeted fans at the fest’s opening film The Theory…  Read more


“Stanley Begged Us Never to Talk About Him”: On Making Barry Lyndon

Barry LyndonBarry Lyndon

15 years after his death at the age of 70, director Stanley Kubrick remains more than ever a figure of admiration, fascination, and curiosity – and the pleasure his work provides seems, at this point, to be as infinite as…  Read more


Risking It All: Helly Luv, Kurdistan’s Pop Star and Mardan Actress

Helly Luv on the set of "Mardan" directed by Batin Ghobadhi.Helly Luv on the set of Mardan

“Right now, the Kurdish freedom fighters — the peshmerga — are protecting the whole world.” Middle Eastern politics start to sound different when explained by pop sensation Helly Luv. Nicknamed the “Lion Girl” in her native Kurdistan, Luv is known for her…  Read more