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EXIT MARRAKECH

EXIT MARRAKECH
photo © Desert Flower Filmproduktion/Frizzi Kurkhaus

When 17-year-old Ben visits his father Heinrich in Marrakech, it is the start of an adventurous journey through a foreign country with a picturesque charm and a rough beauty where everything appears possible, including whether father and son will lose each other for good or find one another again.

Heinrich, a celebrated theater director, is taking part in an international festival in Morocco, but with father and son being unused to such proximity, all their old grievances and conflicts resurface, in addition to which, they both inflict new wounds on one another.

Whilst the two of them drift further and further apart, Ben opens himself up increasingly more to the foreign country and tries to find his own way in this unknown world, far from his father's luxury hotel. He falls in love with the young Karima, escapes with her to her distant home and encounters an archaic society in which the highest value is placed on family honor.

In EXIT MARRAKECH the colorful life in the narrow streets, the picturesque charm of the oases, the rough beauty of the desert and the breathtaking Atlas Mountains are more than just a fascinating backdrop for a gripping and intense piece of cinema, they are also signposts on the protagonists' emotional maps.


Caroline Link 's career as a director began with immediate success both at the national and international level when her first feature film BEYOND SILENCE (1996) was nominated for an Academy Award® as Best Foreign Language Film in 1997. After completing her second feature film, ANNALUISE AND ANTON (1999), a children’s movie based on the Erich Kästner novel of the same name, she directed NOWHERE IN AFRICA (2001), which won the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film in 2003. In 2013, she directed EXIT MARRAKECH, which premiered as a Special Presentation at the Toronto IFF and won the Gryphon Award for Best Film at the Giffoni IFF. ALL ABOUT ME (2018) is Caroline Link’s latest feature film as a director.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Caroline Link
Screenplay Caroline Link
Cinematography Bella Halben
Cast Ulrich Tukur, Samuel Schneider, Hafsia Herzi, Marie-Lou Sellem, Josef Bierbichler
Producers Peter Herrmann, Ute Krämer
Co-Producers Klaus Dohle, Markus Reinicke, Franz Kraus, Antonio Exacoustos, Rodolphe Buet, Senta Menger, Isabel Hund, Christine Strobl, Claudia Grässel, Bettina Reitz, Bettina Ricklefs, Hubert von Spreti, Barbara Buhl, Nina Klamroth, Andreas Schreitmüller
Production Company Desert Flower Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with B.A. Produktion/Munich, MTM West/Cologne, STUDIOCANAL/Berlin, ARD Degeto, Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR, ARTE
Length 122 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German, English, French, Arabic
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Munich 2013 (Opening Film), Toronto 2013 (Special Presentation), Festival do Rio 2013, Zurich 2013, Warsaw 2013, Hamptons 2013, Giffoni 2014 (In Competition)
Awards Gryphon Award Best Film Giffoni 2014
With backing from MEDIA, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, BKM
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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