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On the last day of the 13th Marrakech film festival, jury prexy Martin Scorsese visited Morocco’s leading film school, Esav, whose installations he inaugurated in 2007, as the school’s godfather.

During a 45-minute Q&A session he talked about his motivations and the factors underlying his choice of subjects, including that of his upcoming film “Silence”.

He described filming “Last Temptation of Christ,” lensed in Morocco, as a passionate process motivated by his own search for an inner spiritual core, which had once made him to want to become a priest.

“The film was an exploration of the meaning of faith. But during the process of making the film the mystery became even deeper for me and I realized I’d only scratched the surface…I’m obsessed with the search for a spiritual core in life. That’s what my most personal films are about, including ‘Mean Streets »

- Martin Dale

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