7 OCTOBER 2003
Princess Lalla Hasna - the sister of the Moroccan king - met Alexander the Great at the weekend, when a troupe of Hollywood heavyweights turned out for the Marrakech film festival. The cast of Oliver Stone's film about the Macedonian king, which is currently filming in Morocco, came along for the event. And the princess seemed charmed by Irishman Colin Farrell, who is playing the title role.
The flick's director was meanwhile honoured with the Golden Star trophy for his contribution to cinema. And his most recent flick Commandante, a documentary about Cuba's Fidel Castro, was shown in the city's Al Badii Palace.
Oliver, who was accompanied by his daughter Tara, said filming in the north African country has proven a success. "Knock on wood, it's going very well," he said. "We're on schedule and on budget. The weather's been a little tricky, with sandstorms and rain that surprised us. But we're pushing on."
Earlier in the year a number of other Hollywood productions pulled out of Morocco amid fears of terrorist attacks. Oliver and his crew decided to stay on, however, and they were warmly applauded by their royal hosts. Also on hand were British actor Jeremy Irons and Gladiator director Ridley Scott.