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Un Certain Regard Title ‘The Blue Caftan’ – Making a Statement in Morocco with a LGBTQ Love Story

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Caitlin Quinlan “I don’t think you ever have to be fearful when you’re writing a film,” says Moroccan filmmaker Maryam Touzani ahead of the premiere of her second feature “The Blue Caftan” in Un Certain Regard.Following the relationship between husband and wife Halim and Mina who have kept Halim’s homosexuality a secret for many years, the film takes an important stand against the homophobia of Morocco and its anti-LGTBQ laws. “In Morocco, homosexuality is illegal and I don’t have words to describe how it makes me feel.

As a human being, that’s something I cannot accept,” Touzani says.She adds: “I don’t know what the reactions are going to be to the film and it could be very complicated, but in any case I think when there is a real belief in the stories you’re telling the rest doesn’t matter.” The idea for the film began during the making of Touzani’s first feature, “Adam”, which also had its premiere in Un Certain Regard in 2019. “While I was scouting for that film, I met a man who triggered a lot of emotions in me because I felt that there were a lot of things in his life that he was keeping to himself.

I think he reminded me of a lot of men I had heard about when I was younger, couples that my parents knew, where certain things weren’t really said,” the director explains.Feeling a need to dig deeper into the lives of those who “can’t be who they want to be, love who they want to love, lead the life they want to live,” Touzani built a story that navigates what love can mean in fraught circumstances.

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