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“Bleu du Caftan” won the International Critics’ Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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A first for Moroccan cinema! The film by director Maryam Touzani, “Le Bleu du Caftan” received the International Critics’ Prize (FIPRESCI) at the Cannes Film Festival.

This is the first time that Morocco has won this international award in Cannes. Screened last Thursday as a world premiere in Cannes, in the official selection “Un Certain Regard”, with 18 other films from around the world, “Le Bleu du Caftan” received a standing ovation after the screening of more than 15 minutes.

The FIPRESCI Prize was created in 1946 during the Cannes Film Festival. This year, the jury is made up of the following international film critics: Ahmed Shawky (Egypt) – Mariola Wiktor (Poland), Nathalie Chifflet (France), Emanuel Levy (USA), Simone Soranna (Italy), Jihane Bougrine (Morocco), Magali Van Reeth (France), Bidhan Rebeiro (Bangladesh) and Youssoufa Halidou Harouna (Niger).

Produced by Nabil Ayouch and co-produced by Amine Benjelloun, “Le Bleu du Caftan” is a poignant feature film, which speaks of transmission, tradition, and love, in the broadest sense of the term. The film features Halim and Mina, a couple who run a Caftan shop in the medina of Salé, joined by Youssef, a young apprentice who shares with his Maalem, Halim, the same sincere passion for sewing. “Le Bleu du Caftan” is performed by Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Missioui, Mounia Lamkimel, Hamid Zoughi and many other Moroccan actors and actresses.

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