Hailed by international critics and celebrated with awards throughout the Arab world, The Blue Caftan is the work of Adam filmmaker Maryam Touzani along with her filmmaker husband Nabil Ayouch, who serves as producer. The film stars Palestinian star Saleh Bakri and Belgian Moroccan acting icon Lubna Azabal as a Moroccan couple, in a love story that defies conventions.
"Halim and Mina run a traditional caftan store in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. In order to keep up with the commands of the demanding customers, they hire Youssef. The talented apprentice shows an utmost dedication in learning the art of embroidery and tailoring from Halim. Slowly Mina realizes how much her husband is moved by the presence of the young man." So reads the film's official synopsis.
In the U.S. Strand Releasing has picked up the distribution rights and will be releasing the film starting on February 10th in NYC and LA -- at the Film Forum and Laemmle theaters respectively, with additional cities to follow soon.
Read our review of The Blue Caftan here, from its BFI London Film Festival screening.