Press 15 DEC 2015

Awards for Keeper and Insoumise in Marrakech

Awards for Keeper and Insoumise in Marrakech During the closing ceremony of the 15th International Film Festival of Marrakech, held this Saturday night, Keeper by Guillaume Senez, Insoumise by Jawad Rhalib and the thirteen other films in competition all received the Jury Prize. 

Chaired by Francis Ford Coppola, the jury - Italian actor Sergio Castellitto, Dutch director and photographer Anton Corbijn, French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Moroccan actress Amal Ayouch and Indian actress Richa Chadda – decided, in regards to the particular international context, to pay tribute to all the films in the competition.

Keeper also walked away with the Best Actress Award for young Galatea Bellugi.

Already a winner in Turin (Best Film), Locarno (Label Europa Cinema), Hamburg (Young Talent Award), Warsaw (Special Mention), Biel (Youth Jury Prize) and Namur (International Critics Prize), Keeper beautifully continues its festival career.

The film tells the story of Maxime (Kacey Mottet-Klein) and Melanie (Galatea Bellugi), 15 years old and barely out of childhood. One day, Melanie discovers she is pregnant. Maxime wants to keep the child at all costs.

The screening in Marrakech for Insoumise by Jawad Rhalib was a world premiere.

Co-produced by Belgium and Morocco, the film tells the story of Laila, a young unemployed Moroccan IT specialist who leaves her country for seasonal work in Belgium. She ends up on the small farm of André, an apple farmer, but quickly gets disillusioned when she discovers the profoundly unfair terms regulating seasonal contracts. Gradually her feeling of revolt spreads to the people around her turning André’s farm upside down.

Keeper and Insoumise are both produced in Belgium by Iota Production with the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles. Keeper is distributed by Cinéart in Belgium (release scheduled for March 9, 2016), by Happiness Distribution in France (in theaters on March 23) and international sales are handled by Be For Films.

There is no scheduled release date for Insoumise yet.