Movie magic has come to Morocco where the red carpet is attracting stars from all over the world to the Marrakech International Film Festival.
Fifteen productions are vying for the coveted Golden Star award.
French director Jean-Jacques Annaud used Moroccan talent in his feature ‘Black Gold’, showing out of competition.
“Morocco is a great cinema country,” he told euronews at the screening.
“My stuntmen in my last film ‘Black Gold’ were Moroccan and I have to say that it was the best stunt team I have ever had in my life. Here in Morocco, you have people of a very high level.”
A-lister Antonio Banderas is caught up in the fight for a piece of desert during the 1930s oil boom in the film, shot on location in Tunisia at the start of the Arab Spring.
There will be more on the Marrakech International Film Festival from Monday in our ‘Cinema’ programme on euronews.