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THE BLUE CAFTAN Trailer: Morocco’s Oscar Entry is a Tale of Passion & Craft

A Moroccan dressmaker, his dying wife, and his young male apprentice are caught up in a love triangle in Maryam Touzani’s The Blue Caftan. The romantic drama premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section, and also screened at NewFest where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It is now Morocco’s official submission for Best International Feature at the 95th Academy Awards. It was one of 15 films selected for the Academy’s shortlist.

Here’s an official synopsis:

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.

Strand Releasing will roll out “The Blue Caftan” at the Film Forum in New York City and Laemmle Theatres in Los Angeles on Friday, February 10, followed by a nationwide rollout.

Watch the trailer below.

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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