Maine Film Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville, Maine
The Blue Caftan is simply one of the most gorgeous films you’ve ever seen, “a work of handcrafted beauty” (The Hollywood Reporter.) Actually, it’s not that simple, because it’s a lot more than that too: “A rich, vibrant ode to love in all its many forms”—Playlist. In this quiet but unforgettable Moroccan film, Halim and Mina run a traditional caftan store in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas, in the small city of Salé. In order to keep up with the commands of the demanding customers, they hire Youssef. The talented apprentice shows the utmost dedication in learning the art of embroidery and tailoring from Halim. Slowly Mina realizes how much her husband is moved by the presence of the young man. “Working with an intricacy that rivals that of the craftsman at the center of her film, the auteur crafts a surprisingly warm story that subverts expectations at almost every turn”—Christian Zilko, IndieWire. Daily at 4:40 This film is eligible for theYouth Arts Access Fund.