Official Selection - Out of Competition

The Blue Caftan (Azraq al-qaftan)

Maryam Touzani
LGBTQIA+ Female Director Human Rights & Society 2022 122 min France, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark
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Sewing the thread of love

Caftan maker Halim runs a struggling business with his wife Mina. He remains dedicated to sewing by hand, despite the growing popularity of caftans made using industrial techniques. When the couple hire handsome apprentice Youssef to lend them a hand, the young man’s presence and growing involvement with the business and their personal lives turns their relationship upside down.


  • Lubna Azabal
  • Saleh Bakri
  • Ayoub Missioui
  • Mounia Lamkimel
  • Abdelhamid Zoughi
  • Zakaria Atifi


  • Maryam Touzani
  • with the collaboration of Nabil Ayouch


  • Virginie Surdej


  • Nassim El Mounabbih


  • Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen


  • Ali n’Productions


Sunday 05 March 2023 16:00
Lieux : Cinémathèque
Audio : Arabic
Subtitles : English
Screening : Public Screening
Tuesday 07 March 2023 18:30
Lieux : Ciné Utopia
Audio : Arabic
Subtitles : French
Screening : Public Screening

Maryam Touzani

Maryam Touzani
Maryam Touzani

Born in Tangiers in 1980, Maryam Touzani studied journalism in London before returning to her native Morocco to work, specialising in writing about Maghreb cinema. After she made a couple of short films, Touzani co-wrote and starred in Razzia directed by renowned Moroccan filmmaker Nabil Ayouch. Razzia went on to represent Morocco at the Oscars, as did Touzani’s debut feature film, Adam, which also stars The Blue Caftan’s Lubna Azabal.


  • Le Bleu du caftan 2022
  • Adam 2019
  • Aya va à la Plage 2015
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