Land of culture and cinema
Morocco, the land of movie making
Land of culture, civilization and authenticity, the charm of Morocco do not only attract tourists. Many production companies flock to the country being attracted by the diversity of the landscapes and the ambient lighting ideal for the filming. Series, films and blockbusters are regularly shot in Morocco.
Internationally renowned films
Inception (2010), Gladiator (2000), Babel (2006), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1995)... This is just a short selection of the films shot in Morocco. Martin Scorcese used the biblical settings of Morocco for his film The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). Morocco's landscapes were also a great asset to replicate ancient Rome in Ridley Scott's Gladiator (2000) and Egypt in Alain Chabat's Mission Cléopatre (2002). Kasbahs and desert landscapes were used to reproduce the imaginary kingdom of Westeros in the Game of Thrones series and will also be used for the new House of Dragon series, whose events take place 300 years before those of Game of Thrones.
CLA Studios and Atlas Studio Corporation of Ouarzazate
As you enter the Studio CLA in Ouarzazate, you’ll instantly dive into the sets that have been used in the making of many films. Outside the site, you’ll witness a geuine reconstruction of Jerusalem in the Middle Ages. If you're staying in Ouarzazate, the Studio is a place you can’t afford to miss. As you leave Ouarzazate heading to Marrakech, the Atlas Studio offers a view that covers several sets from several films: Gladiator, Kundun, Asterix mission Cleopatra, Kingdom of Heaven, Ben-Hur...
The Marrakech international film festival
It is one of the most beautiful cinematographic and cultural events. It welcomes and pays tribute to personalities and actors who have succeeded in promoting cinema all over the world. Created in 2001 by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Marrakech International Film Festival is a real gathering as it offers uncensored films, masterclasses, tributes, but also the best of Moroccan cinema. Special attention is given to young talents, through the "Cinécoles" competition which rewards the best short films made by students.