‘The Blue Caftan’ is a Moroccan film that follows the story of Halim and Mina, a married couple who own a traditional caftan store. In order to keep up with the increasing demand, they hire a talented young man as an apprentice. As time passes, Mina slowly begins to notice how much this new apprentice moves her husband.
According to Ahram Online,‘The Blue Caftan’, directed by Maryam Touzani, won 3 awards at the Critics Awards for Arab Films at 2023 Cannes. These include the award for Best Actress for Lubna Azabal, Best Screenplay for Maryam Touzani and Nabil Ayouch, and Best Scenography for Virginie Surdej.
The Critics Awards for Arab Films aims to gather the finest Arab films and grant awards on the sidelines of the Cannes festival. A jury committee to choose these films is composed of 193 critics from over 70 countries. The categories in which awards are granted are Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Scriptwriter, Best Actor, and Best Actress. In the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, 3 new categories were added: Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Music.
In addition to ‘The Blue Caftan’, other Arab films like Harka, Ashkal, Under the Fig Trees, and Foragers were recognized by the Critics Awards for Arab Films in Cannes.