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Sat Oct 22, 5:30 PM
Director: Maryam Touzani
2022
Morocco, France, Belgium, Denmark
118 minutes
Unclassified 15+

A satin textured tale of forbidden relationships.

The Blue Caftan is a delicate, humane three-hander where the characters are filled with empathy and complexity. Director Maryam Touzani is an expert at conveying quiet intimacy, each shot unfolding with an almost tactile beauty. From the narrow streets of an intricately romantic but socially repressed Morocco emerges this lovingly handcrafted love triangle. Master tailor and closeted gay man Halim runs a struggling dressmaking shop with his wife Mina (Incendies’ Lubna Azabal), his skill and dedication to a dying art losing out to his machine-powered competitors. When the couple hire a handsome young assistant, Youssef, to turn their fortunes around, the two men begin to weave a tender relationship. At the same time, Mina battles breast cancer, and she and Halim strengthen a bond tied by years of friendship and understanding.

“Superbly acted, emotionally resonant” (Screen Daily)

“a rich, vibrant ode to love in all its many forms” (The Playlist)

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Program Strand World Cinema
Language Arabic, French
Subtitles English
Director Maryam Touzani
Producer Nabil Ayouch
Writer Maryam Touzani
Cinematographer Virginie Surdej
Editor Nicolas Rumpl
Cast Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Messioui