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The Blue Caftan

Directed by Maryam Touzani
2022
Morocco
118 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Woven with exquisite care, Maryam Touzani’s Cannes Un Certain Regard-selected drama reveals a love triangle between a young gay man and a middle-aged couple in a small Moroccan town.
Mina (Lubna Azabal, Incendies, Paradise Now) and her husband Halim (Saleh Bakri, who also stars in Costa Brava, Lebanon, SFF 2022) run a small business making and selling bespoke caftans. Halim is a master of his trade, and Mina a canny saleswoman, though their wares don’t come cheap and traditional dress is falling out of favour. Despite this, their business remains just brisk enough to allow them to take on a new tailor, Youssef (Ayoub Missioui). Youssef – who is gay – and Mina become fast friends and the young man’s skills soon prove essential to the business. But as Halim is increasingly drawn to the younger man, too, unspoken marital tensions and issues bubble to the surface. Touzani explores a complex marriage with tenderness and grace in a sincere and superbly performed film that unfolds in unexpected and heartening ways.
Anchored by three remarkable performances and a beautiful script that never wastes a line, Maryam Touzani made a film that oozes love from almost every frame.
Christian Zilko, indiewire.com
A subtle portrait of a marriage, it slowly unveils the issues of its characters with an empathetic, admiring gaze.
Anna Smith, deadline.com

Tickets

Thu 16 Jun
6pm
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne - Cinema 5
Past Event Cancel
Fri 17 Jun
8:15pm
Palace Norton Street
Past Event Cancel
Sun 19 Jun
5:45pm
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 5
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Features
Original Title
Le Bleu du Caftan
Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Morocco, France, Belgium, Denmark
Language
In Arabic with English subtitles
Director
Maryam Touzani
Producer
Nabil Ayouch
Cast
Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Missioui
Screenwriter
Maryam Touzani in collaboration with Nabil Ayouch
Cinematographer
Virginie Surdej
Editor
Nicolas Rumpl
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Women Directors, Middle East, Festival Award Winners, Cannes Selected, LGBTQIA+ Films, Late Addition
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Potential Films
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