The director and producer, Nabil Ayouch alongside Meryem Touzani, director of the film “Le Bleu Caftan”, represented Moroccan cinema alongside figures of the 7th international art, Tuesday evening, at the celebration ceremony of the 75th anniversary of the festival of Canes.
Moroccan cinema will shine in 2022 at the Cannes Film Festival with the latest film by Maryam Touzani, “Le Bleu du Caftan”, which will be screened on Thursday, as part of the “Un Certain Regard” category.
“I am obviously very happy that the Bleu du Caftan is at the Cannes Film Festival in the official selection, because it represents the best way to start the life of a film. When you have spent years of your life on a story, writing it, living it, imagining it, the fact that it can see the light of day and meet the world in such a beautiful setting is a real satisfaction. And then, it’s a source of pride for me to be able to represent Morocco this year.”Touzani said in an interview with MAP.
Produced by Nabil Ayouch and co-produced by Amine Benjelloun, “Le Bleu du Caftan” is a feature film that speaks of transmission, tradition and love, in the broadest sense of the term.
The film stars Lubna Azabal (“Adam”) and Saleh Bakri (“Costa Brava, Lebanon”) as Mina and Halim, a married couple who run a traditional kaftan shop in one of the oldest medinas in the Morocco from Sale.
To keep up with demand, they hire Youssef (Ayoub Messioui), a talented apprentice whom Halim takes under his wing. Slowly, Mina, whose health is deteriorating, realizes how much her husband is taken by the presence of this young man.
Although this is not his first Cannes red carpet, Nabil Ayouch is present at this ceremony to represent the potential of national cinema honored at the Cannes festival for the third consecutive time.
After the selection of “Adam” in 2019, Meryem Touzani’s first feature film, Nabil Ayouch presented in 2021 his film “Haut et Fort”, the first Moroccan feature film in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. consecration for the national cinema, which stood out during these three years by its requirement, its rigor, and the power of its stories.