The Blue Caftan


The Main 4 Mon, Apr 17, 2023 7:05 PM
The Main 4 Fri, Apr 21, 2023 1:00 PM
The Main 2 Mon, Apr 24, 2023 1:00 PM
Film Info
Festival Programs:Images of Africa
Women & Film
LGBTQ+ Currents
Release Year:2022
Runtime:123 min
Print Source:Strand Releasing
Women Directors
Family Drama
Culture & Society
SWANA Stories
Director:Maryam Touzani
Producer:Nabil Ayouch
Co-Producer:Amine Benjelloun
Eva Jakobsen
Mikkel Jersin
Katrin Pors
Sebastian Schelenz
Cinematographer:Virginie Surdej
Screenwriter:Maryam Touzani
Nabil Ayouch
Editor:Nicolas Rumpl
Composer:Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Principal Cast:Lubna Azabal
Seleh Bakri
Ayoun Missioui


The closeted homosexuality of a married tailor who falls for his apprentice in the ancient quarter of Salé makes for daring content in The Blue Caftan, daring because same-sex sexual relationships are illegal in Morocco. Director/writer Touzani’s sensitive, humanist drama captured the critics’ award of the Cannes “Un Certain Regard” section as well as numerous audience awards during its festival travels. Halim (Saleh Bakri) and Mina (Lubna Azabal) run a traditional caftan shop in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. In order to keep up with the orders from demanding customers, they hire Youssef. Although at first hostile towards the young man, Mina slowly realizes how much her husband is moved by his presence. Much of the sensuous film is dedicated to the disappearing craft of a maalem, the master tailor who makes everything on a garment by hand. The film was Morocco’s Oscar submission and earned a place on this year’s short list. –Alissa Simon

Director Biography

Maryam Touzani is widely regarded as one of the greatest Moroccan filmmakers, whose two features have both been that country’s official selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature. She is the director of Adam (2019) which screened at MSPIFF.