The Blue Caftan

  • 118'
  • Morocco
  • 2022

Mina and Halim run a clothing business in the old Moroccan town of Salé. As a producer of hand-made caftans, the taciturn, impassive Halim is the keeper of a vanishing tradition. But he shoulders another burden. A closeted gay man, he has trysts with strangers in the local hammam, a habit that his dissatisfied if loving wife Mina is seemingly aware of. When Youssef, an observant young man, is hired as an apprentice at the shop, the uneasy equilibrium between the couple comes undone.

Maryam Touzani’s The Blue Caftan is an understated chamber piece revolving around unspoken tensions between its three central characters. This latent turmoil allows Touzani to dial down the psychosexual drama and sublimate it in an atmosphere of generalised eroticism. Everyday gestures, from the peeling of tangerines to the embroidery of cloth, become animated by an undercurrent of repressed desire. Shot by Virginie Surdej in the manner of Dutch still-life paintings, the objects in the film acquire a voluptuousness that expresses the unvoiced yearnings of the characters.

The Blue Caftan is powered by the admirable performances of its three leads, Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri and debutant Ayoub Missioui, whose movement and action Touzani stylises in keeping with the measured pace and reserved atmosphere of her film.

 

Srikanth Srinivasan

  • 118'
  • Morocco
  • 2022
Director
Maryam Touzani
Premiere
Dutch Premiere
Countries of production
Morocco, Belgium, Denmark, France
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
118'
Medium
DCP
International title
Le bleu du caftan
Language
Arabic
Producers
Nabil Ayouch, Amine Benjelloun, Sebastien Schelenz, Mikkel Jersin, Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobson
Production Companies
Ali n' Productions, Velvet Films, Snowglobe
Sales
Films Boutique
Screenplay
Maryam Touzani, Nabil Ayouch
Cinematography
Virginie Surdej
Editor
Nicolas Rumpl
Production Design
Emmanuel De Meulemeester, Rachid El Youssfi
Sound Design
Nassim El Mounabbih
Cast
Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Missioui
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands

Tickets

Q&As are subject to change and may be cancelled at the last minute
  • In Person
    Monday 30 January 2023
    Schouwburg Grote Zaal
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Tuesday 31 January 2023
    Pathé 1
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Friday 03 February 2023
    Pathé 7
    EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Saturday 04 February 2023
    LantarenVenster 1
    EN subtitles
Director
Maryam Touzani
Premiere
Dutch Premiere
Countries of production
Morocco, Belgium, Denmark, France
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
118'
Medium
DCP
International title
Le bleu du caftan
Language
Arabic
Producers
Nabil Ayouch, Amine Benjelloun, Sebastien Schelenz, Mikkel Jersin, Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobson
Production Companies
Ali n' Productions, Velvet Films, Snowglobe
Sales
Films Boutique
Screenplay
Maryam Touzani, Nabil Ayouch
Cinematography
Virginie Surdej
Editor
Nicolas Rumpl
Production Design
Emmanuel De Meulemeester, Rachid El Youssfi
Sound Design
Nassim El Mounabbih
Cast
Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Missioui
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands