The Blue Caftan

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BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmThe Blue Caftan

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Sat 30 Dec 1899

Certificate12A
Year2022
GenreDrama
Director(s)Maryam Touzani
Writer(s)Maryam Touzani, Nabil Ayouch
LanguageArabic
CountryFrance, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark
Running Time2HR 2MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles
SeasonMain Programme

Hand-stitched with loving care, this mature, resonant Moroccan drama is the latest from Maryam Touzani, writer-director of 2019’s Adam, featuring a superb performance by Lubna Azabal.

Set in Moroccan town Salé, where Mina (Azabal) runs a small shop selling traditional caftans created by her husband, master tailor Halim (Saleh Bakri). Such an artisanal enterprise is bound to struggle in the modern world, and further complications arise when Halim, secretly gay, finds himself attracted to the shop’s new apprentice Youssef (Ayoub Missioui).

The Blue Caftan is an emotionally complex, richly empathetic depiction of a partnership sustained through storms and challenges, with Azabal and Bakri exuding a warm, gently crackling chemistry. Superb performances, sly humour, Virginie Surdej’s glowing photography and a strong throughline of social defiance make this a profoundly satisfying pleasure.

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The screening on Wed 17 May at 8.15pm will include an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with filmmaker Maryam Touzani, brought to you by #ReclaimTheFrame. 

Reclaim the Frame brings a broader perspective of the world by championing cinema by women & non-binary filmmakers. Run by Birds’ Eye View, a charity with a mission to advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in film by fostering a community for those who make, show, release and watch them.

To learn more, become an Advocate and join the #ReclaimTheFrame mission to receive free cinema tickets and discount codes go to Bit.ly/BEVRTF. Supported by BFI’s Audience Fund.

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Certificate12A
Year2022
GenreDrama
Director(s)Maryam Touzani
Writer(s)Maryam Touzani, Nabil Ayouch
LanguageArabic
CountryFrance, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark
Running Time2HR 2MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles
SeasonMain Programme
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