Almodóvar, Benjelloun, and Leila/Perejil

Tempers continue to flare between Moroccans and Spaniards since the last row in July, which I had blogged about here. Famed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, who was due to receive an honor at the Marrakesh Film Festival, turned down the invitation. According to this report, Moroccan writer and Goncourt-Prize winner Tahar Ben Jelloun castigated Almodóvar in an open letter to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. Almodóvar of course had to respond in kind. Isn’t this like a prime-time soap?

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