7:30 PM, 13th July, 2023
Mina (Lubna Azabal) and her closeted husband Halim (Saleh Bakri) run a small business making and selling bespoke caftans in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. Halim is a master of his trade, and Mina a canny saleswoman, though business has been tough with traditional dress falling out of favour. So that they can turnaround orders quicker, the couple hire a gifted apprentice named Youssef (Ayoub Missioui), who inadvertently upsets the delicate balance in the couple’s marriage.
Selected to represent Morocco in the Best International Film category at this year’s Oscars, The Blue Caftan is a touching drama, woven with exquisite care, exploring mortality and sexuality with tenderness and grace.