Halim and Mina run a traditional caftan store in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. In order to keep up with the commands of the demanding customers, they hire Youssef. The talented apprentice shows an utmost dedication in learning the art of embroidery and tailoring from Halim. Slowly Mina realizes how much her husband is moved by the presence of the young man.
Director Maryam Touzani asserts her expertise in THE BLUE CAFTAN (only her second feature, but she goes two-for-two with Cannes debuts). Working with an intricacy that rivals that of the craftsman at the center of her film, the auteur crafts a surprisingly warm story that subverts expectations at almost every turn. While surely to be labeled as an LGBTQ film, THE BLUE CAFTAN is much more than that. This is a story that truly explores unconditional love and its absolute power.
The film has also just been selected by Morocco as its official entry for the Academy Awards’ international feature category.