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The Blue Caftan - Film @ VIFF Theatre

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The Blue Caftan - Film @ VIFF Theatre


This is Morocco's official entry for the 2023 Oscars and won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes 2022 (Un Certain Regard). Here's the writeup: Richly erotic and deeply moving, Maryam Touzani’s film takes us to urban Morocco and into the lives of three beautiful souls. Halim (Saleh Bakri) is a master tailor; Mina (Lubna Azabal) is his loyal wife; Youssef (Ayoub Missioui) is the man who slowly comes between them. It all looks innocent enough at first: Halim hires Youssef as his apprentice, seemingly impressed by the younger man’s skill and dedication. It soon becomes clear, however, that Halim hides a queer sexuality, and that he deeply desires his new employee. Shot in subdued shadow and colour by Virginie Surdej, The Blue Caftan is work of palpable sensuality. Every act, from the peeling of tangerines to the gestures of human intimacy, registers like the touch of satin on skin: soft, smooth, deeply tender. Touzani’s direction is subtle and assured, and she creates human portraits that are as powerful in their physicality as they are relatable in their psychology. This is a loving, gently radiant film—a triumph of sympathetic imagination. More info is available here: We'll meet up at 6:30. The film starts at 7. Afterwards we can head to a local pub/restaurant to share our thoughts about the film!

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