The Blue Caftan12A

Directed by Maryam Touzani | Morocco | 2023 | 2h 2m | Arabic w/ English subtitles | Starring Ayoub Missioui, Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Mounia Lamkimel, Abdelhamid Zoughi

Married couple Halim and Mina run a traditional caftan store in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. Their union contains a secret which must be kept quiet due to living in a strictly conservative country, but the arrival of new apprentice threatens to upset the careful calibration of their lives. A thoughtful and intensely moving love story which sensitively navigates a country’s relationship with tradition and modernity.

Reviews

‘It’s a gentle piece of Arabic-language storytelling, one that softly, slowly enfolds the audience rather than propels them on a journey.’
★★★★
Wendy Ide, The Observer

‘The film, only the second feature that Maryam Touzani has directed, is a stunning portrayal of marital sacrifice and devotion.’
★★★★
Kevin Maher, The Times

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We showed The Blue Caftan between May 19, 2023 and May 25, 2023.

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