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Moroccan Actress Lubna Azabal Named Best Actress at Valladolid International Film Festival

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Belgian-Moroccan actress Lubna Azabal was named best actress at the 67th Valladolid International Film Week (SEMINCI), for her role in the film “Le Bleu du Caftan” by Moroccan director Maryam Touzani.

The actress received this distinction during the closing ceremony of this prestigious festival on Saturday evening.

Lubna Azabal was born in Brussels in 1973 to a Moroccan father and a Spanish mother. After the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, she began her career in the theatre. In 1997, she obtained her first film role, in the short film ”I love cinema”. She has acted in a dozen films, and always seems to favor independent cinema.

Produced by Nabil Ayouch and co-produced by Amine Benjelloun, the feature film features Halim and Mina, a couple who run a Caftans shop in the medina of Salé, joined by Youssef, a young apprentice who shares with his Maalem, Halim, the same sincere passion for sewing.

The film also stars Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Missioui, Mounia Lamkimel, Hamid Zoughi, and many other Moroccan actors and actresses.

“Le bleu du caftan”, which was chosen to represent Morocco in the pre-selection of the Oscars 2023, in the “international feature film” category, was selected at the 75th Cannes Film Festival held in May 2022, section “un certain regard”.

Meantime, the Chinese feature film “Return to Dust” by Li Ruijun took away The Seminci Grand Prix.

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