The International Federation of Cinematographic Press (FIPRESCI) awarded the International Critics’ Prize on Saturday to the feature film “Le Bleu du Caftan” by Maryam Touzani, a few hours before the revelation of the winners of the 75th Cannes Film Festival.
This is the first time that Morocco has won this international award in Cannes.
Screened last Thursday in world preview at Cannes in the official selection “Un Certain Regard” with 18 other films from around the world, “Le Bleu du Caftan” received a very warm welcome after screening with a standing ovation of more than 15 minutes .
The FIPRESCI Prize is a film award given since 1946 during the Cannes Film Festival.
This year, the jury was made up of film critics Ahmed Shawky (Egypt), Mariola Wiktor (Poland), Nathalie Chifflet (France), Emanuel Levy (USA), Simone Soranna (Italy), Jihane Bougrine (Morocco), Magali Van Reeth (France), Bidhan Rebeiro (Bangladesh) and Youssoufa Halidou Harouna (Niger).
Produced by Nabil Ayouch and co-produced by Amine Benjelloun, “Le Bleu du Caftan” is a poignant feature film, which speaks of transmission, tradition and love, in the broadest sense of the term.
The film features Halim and Mina, a couple who run a Caftan shop in the medina of Salé, joined by Youssef, a young apprentice who shares with his Maalem, Halim, the same sincere passion for sewing.
The feature film is performed by Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Missioui, Mounia Lamkimel, Hamid Zoughi and many other Moroccan actresses and comedians.