Dir. by Maryam Touzani | 2022 | France, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark | 122 Mins | CTC
WINNER of the Fipresci Prize – Un Certain Regard. Cannes Film Festival 2022
Playing at The 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival
Friday August 12 at 345pm | The Forum
Tuesday August 16 at 11am | The Forum
Sunday August 21 at 430pm | The Capitol
Official Selection at
MIFF August 2022
Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2022
Sydney Film Festival 2022
Cannes Film Festival 2022
Mina (Lubna Azabal – Incendies, Paradise Now) and her husband Halim (Saleh Bakri – Costa Brava, Lebanon) run a small business making and selling bespoke caftans in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. 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.
Woven with exquisite care, Maryam Touzani’s Cannes Un Certain Regard winning drama reveals a beautiful love triangle in a small Moroccan town (where gay relations are forbidden). Touzani explores a complex marriage with tenderness and grace in a sincere and superbly performed film that unfolds in unexpected and heartening ways.
This beautifully textured Moroccan drama is superbly acted and emotionally resonant
The Blue Caftan is an elegant, artisanal film
A film of exquisite sensuality
A work of handcrafted beauty
A stirring love story
A film of overwhelming tenderness — in exchanged glances or tactile moments as fleeting as one hand lightly touching another
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
Sensual and tactile
A hugely touching love story
The Film Verdict
A drama as indulgent and intricately woven as the silky garments themselves.
A subtle love story that works both as a gay awakening piece and a testament to enduring marital love.