The 20th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival, set to kick off on Friday, November 24, will feature American actor, director, and screenwriter Matt Dillon as a distinguished guest. The festival, spanning until December 2, 2023, will host Dillon as part of its “In Conversation With…” series. Alongside ten other prominent figures from global cinema, Dillon will share compelling stories and engage in open discussions about his vision of cinema and professional experiences, freely exchanging insights with the festival audience.
Matt Dillon’s cinematic journey spans over three decades, during which he played leading roles in several notable films, including “The Outsiders” and “Rumble Fish” (1983) directed by Francis Ford Coppola, “Drugstore Cowboy” (Gus Van Sant, 1989), “Singles” (Cameron Crowe, 1992), “There’s Something About Mary” (Peter and Bobby Farrelly, 1998), “Wild Things” (John McNaughton, 1998), “Crash” (Paul Haggis, 2004), “The House That Jack Built” (Lars von Trier, 2018), and “The French Dispatch” (Wes Anderson, 2023).
In 2003, Dillon transitioned behind the camera to direct the film “City of Ghosts,” co-written with Barry Gifford. He earned an Oscar nomination in 2006 for Best Supporting Actor in “Crash,” which went on to win the Academy Award. Dillon also received the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, a second honor after his role in “Drugstore Cowboy.”
Beyond his contributions to the film industry, Matt Dillon is recognized for his humanitarian efforts. Since 2008, he has served on the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, actively participating in humanitarian missions in Burma, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Dillon, emphasizing his commitment to humanitarian causes, directed short documentary films aiming to raise awareness about the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons affected by international conflicts and climate change. His recent documentary, “El Canto Delloco,” delves into the life of the legendary Cuban singer Francisco Fellove.
The Marrakech International Film Festival looks forward to hosting Matt Dillon, providing a platform for a rich exchange of ideas and experiences that will undoubtedly enrich the cinematic dialogue during its landmark 20th edition.