Feathers
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    Feathers

    Directed by

    France, Egypt, Netherlands, Greece

    2021

    • Arabic

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    A passive mother who dedicates her life to her husband and children. Stuck in daily, repetitive, mundane chores, she has made herself as little as she possibly could. When a magic trick goes wrong at her 4-year-old son's birthday party, an avalanche of coincidental absurdities befalls the family. The magician turns her husband, the authoritarian father, into a chicken. The mother is now forced to come to the fore and take care of the family while moving heaven and earth to bring her husband back. As she tries to survive, she goes through a rough and absurd transformation.

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 Grand Prize - La Semaine de la Critique

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Ahmed Amer
    Omar El Zohairy
    Cinematography
    Kamal Samy
    Editing
    Hisham Saqr
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    For a film about men and chickens, Feathers reveals a lot about women and Egyptian society... Even as poultry, the husband is still a demanding, pampered member of the family.

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    Omar El Zohairy

    Omar El Zohairy

    Egypt

    I try to build a bridge between the characters and us so that we can feel what they feel. I wanted to be as sincere with them and their fears as I could, without labelling or judging them.

    Omar El Zohairy studied film directing at the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo. During his school years, Zohairy worked as an assistant director alongside some of Egypt’s most prominent filmmakers, including Yousry Nasrallah and Ahmed Abdallah. He has also worked as assistant director and line producer on more than 200 TV commercials from 2007 until 2015, with internationally renowned directors including award-winning Egyptian director Ali Ali. Zohairy’s first short film, BREATHE OUT (2011), premiered at the 8th Dubai IFF and won the Jury Special Mention Prize in the Muhr Arab Short Competition. The film also competed at the 34th Cinemed Montpellier Mediterranean FF and the 2014 Arab FF Berlin.

    Zohairy's second short film, THE AFTERMATH OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE PUBLIC TOILET AT KILOMETRE 375 (2014), was the first Egyptian film to be selected to compete in the Cinéfondation competition at Cannes. The film went on to win several awards including Best Student Film at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, Best Short Film Award at the 36th Durban IFF, Best Short Film at the 12th Bogotá Short FF, the Jury Prize at the 8th Kustendorf FF (Serbia) and two awards at the 46th Nashville FF. His latest film FEATHERS (2021) premiered at la Semaine de la Critique 2021 and won the Grand Prix and FIPRESCI Award there.

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