Halim has been married for a long time to Mina, with whom he runs a traditional caftan store in the Medina of Salé, in Morocco. The couple has always lived with Halim’s secret, which he has learned to keep quiet. Mina’s illness and the arrival of a young apprentice will upset this balance. United in their love, each will help the other face their fears.
Born in 1980, she pursued a university degree in London. ‘When They Slept’ (2012), her first short film, was selected by a number of prestigious international festivals and received a total of 17 awards, including Seminci, where it screened as part of a retrospective dedicated to Moroccan cinema of the 21st century. In 2015, her second short, ‘Aya Goes to the Beach’, continued on the same path and won Cairo’s Audience Award among its many prizes.
Together with her husband director Nabil Ayouch, Touzani worked on the development of the script and on the set of his much-acclaimed feature ‘Much Loved’ (2015). She also co- wrote and appeared in a leading role in Ayouch’s most recent film ‘Razzia’ (2017). In 2019 she made her feature debut with ‘Adam’, which competed in Un Certain Regard at Cannes and at Seminci, a pattern which she repeats with ‘ The Blue Caftan’, her second feature as a director and the winner of the Fipresci Award at Cannes this year.