Murano Resort Marrakech
Set amidst a lush palm grove at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, this stunning resort — sister of the MURANO Paris — combines Euro chic with Moorish panache to create an eye-catching oasis of North African calm. Located fifteen minutes from the Medina in quiet northeast Marrakech, the MURANO offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the busy Red City. The approach to its five riads — traditional Moroccan houses arranged around a central courtyard — is breathtaking: in the hotel foreground stands a 32-metre, red-tiled pool surrounded by a brilliant maze of red and white sofas through which one must pass to reach the MURANO Villa. The largest of the five riads, this villa is home to the hotel lobby, restaurant and bar as well as to two meeting rooms and a 200-square-metre terrace with views over nearly three hectares of 100-year-old palm, olive and tangerine trees. The restaurant, which also offers outdoor garden seating, serves healthy Moroccan and French cuisine with a creative twist for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. A signature “breakfastlunch” is offered in the palm grove every Sunday, a nod to the MURANO Paris’s famous brunch, voted Best Brunch in Paris two years running. Also like its Paris counterpart, the resort bar features resident DJs every night of the weekend in addition to regular live acoustic sessions, indoor or poolside.
Ahmed El Maanouni’s 1981 documentary records concerts, interviews and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the pioneering group, Nass El Ghiwan, who were credited as an inspiration for his Last Temptation of Christ and have been famously described by Martin Scorsese as ‘the Rolling Stones of North Africa’. Nass El Ghiwan emerged from the impoverished city limits of Casablanca, combining elements of traditional Moroccan music – Sufi chants, Berber rhythms and the mystical dances of the Gnawa – to create a sound all of their own, introducing a new generation of North Africans to their roots, and the rest of the world, to a musical revolution. The film has been restored by the Cineteca di Bologna. “It was in 1981 while I was editing a film, The King of Comedy. We worked at night so no one would call us on the telephone and I would have television on, and one channel in New York at the time, around 2 or 3 in the morning, was showing a film called Trances. It repeated all night and it repeated many nights. And it had commercials in it, but it didn’t matter. So I became passionate about this music that I heard and I saw also the way the film was made, the concert that was photographed and the effect of the music on the audience at the concert. I tracked down the music and eventually it became my inspiration for many of the designs and construction of my film The Last Temptation of Christ. The music was also the basis for Peter Gabriel’s music in the film. I would play the music for most of the musicians I knew, Robbie Robertson of The Band…What you see here is a mix of the poetry, the music and the theatre that goes way back to the roots of the Moroccan culture. And I think the group was singing damnation: their people, their beliefs, their sufferings and their prayers all came through their singing. And I think the film is beautifully made by Ahmed El Maanouni; it’s been an obsession of mine since 1981 and that is why we are inaugurating the Foundation with Trances.” —Martin Scorsese, May 2007
See All Films