Cert: TBC

The Blue Caftan

Halim (Saleh Bakri) has been married for a long time to Mina (Lubna Azabal), with whom he runs a traditional caftan store in the médina of Salé, in Morocco, where they create exquisitely finished hand-sewn garments. As Mina’s health begins to fade, they employ a young apprentice. The new arrival unknowingly disturbs the careful equilibrium of their lives, for theirs is a loving marriage designed to hide a secret. Thoughtful, sensual, and deeply moving, Maryam Touzani’s (Adam, 2019), drama traces the melancholy and loneliness of maintaining a secret, and the sudden joyous release to be found in living one’s life to the fullest. Brilliantly acted, it’s an overwhelmingly tender character study where each will help the other face their fears.

Director: Maryam Touzani

Cast: Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Missioui

Cannes Film Festival, 2022

Toronto International Film Festival, 2022

BFI London Film Festival, 2022

Cork International Film Festival, 2022

International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2023

FIPRESCI Prize, Un Certain Regard, 2022 (Maryam Touzani)

‘Maryam Touzani’s gentle observation of her characters in a film of exquisite sensuality and sadness.’

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

‘The Blue Caftan dares to imagine a world where there’s room for both appreciation of the old ways and room to evolve.’

Peter Debruge, Variety