After meeting with international success, Ali n’ Productions announced the imminent release of the long-awaited film, The Blue of the Caftan, in Moroccan cinemas on June 7th. This film, directed by Maryam Touzani (known for her previous success, Adam), produced by Nabil Ayouch and starring Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri and Ayoub Missioui, has already won over viewers around the world. He has particularly shone at prestigious festivals, winning no less than 35 international awards, including the Jury Prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM).
Le Bleu du Caftan, which was selected in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, won the FIPRESCI Prize for International Critics. It officially represents Morocco in the race for the Oscars and was chosen among the 15 best foreign films, an unprecedented achievement for the country. It is also the only film in Arabic language and the only film from the African continent to be among the selected this year.
” Le Bleu du Caftan and above all for me a film about love. It’s a film about love with all its facets, it’s a film about love in the broadest sense, the purest of the term, love between human beings, the love of a job , that of Maâlem, a profession that is unfortunately disappearing, and that is something that breaks my heart “, had expressed the director Maryam Touzani, in Marrakech during the screening of her second feature film, Caftan Blueas part of its selection in official competition, where it won the Jury Prize.
Selected at the 2022 edition of the Cannes Film Festival in the section In some perspective , he won the FIPRESCI Prize for International Critics. Official representative of Morocco in the race for the Oscars, The Blue of the Caftan was chosen among the 15 best foreign films. A performance that Morocco had only managed to achieve once before. It is also the only film in Arabic to have been selected this year and the only film from the African continent.
Thanks to these selections, a general enthusiasm and excellent reviews, the film was then selected in a multitude of festivals around the world, and has received no less than 35 awards to date.
Thanks to these prestigious selections, as well as the general enthusiasm and excellent reviews, Le Bleu du Caftan has been presented in many festivals around the world. It has already achieved commercial success, with sales in more than 30 territories, and is particularly popular in France, where it has already attracted more than 210,000 spectators, thus becoming the second biggest Moroccan success of all time, just behind Much Loved, also produced by Nabil Ayouch and Ali n’ Productions. The film also recorded very good results in other countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Greece.
In summary,Caftan Blueis a film aboutthe freedom to love whoever you want, however you want“, had confided the director. It tells the story of Halim (Saleh Bakri) and Mina (Lubna Azabal), a couple who run a traditional caftan shop in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas.
In order to meet customer demands, they hire Youssef (Ayoub Missioui), a talented apprentice who devotes himself entirely to learning embroidery and tailoring from Halim. Gradually, Mina realizes how much her husband is moved by the presence of the young man. Very moving, the film made the public cry during its screening in Marrakech.
The public will be able to discover the film in national cinemas from next Wednesday, June 7.