Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 283: Fri Oct 14

 The Blue Caftan (Touzani, 2022): Curzon Soho, 6pm

66th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (5th - 16th October 2022) DAY 10

Every day (from October 5th to October 16th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening.

This film also screens at Odeon Luxe West End on October 15th. Details here.

BFI review:
Hand-stitched with loving care, this mature, resonant drama is the latest from Maryam Touzani, writer-director of 2019’s Adam. It’s set in Moroccan town Salé, where Mina (Azabal) runs a small shop selling traditional caftans created by her husband, master tailor Halim (Saleh Bakri). Such an artisanal enterprise is bound to struggle in the modern world, and further complications arise when Halim, secretly gay, finds himself attracted to the shop’s new apprentice Youssef (Ayoub Missioui). The Blue Caftan is an emotionally complex, richly empathetic depiction of a partnership sustained through storms and challenges, with Azabal and Bakri exuding a warm, gently crackling chemistry. Superb performances, sly humour, Virginie Surdej’s glowing photography and a strong throughline of social defiance make this a profoundly satisfying pleasure.
Jonathan Romney

Here (and above) is an extract.

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