Archive of films Feathers / Feathers

France / Egypt / Netherlands / Greece
2021, 112 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

An authoritative father tries to give his family the best, and so he invites a magician to perform at his older son’s birthday party. But something goes wrong during a trick with a magic box, and the wife and three sons watch as the head of the household is transformed into a chicken… The film won the Critics’ Week Grand Prize in Cannes this year.


An authoritative father tries to give his family the best. Every evening, he finds time for his two older sons, and he even hires a magician for one of their birthday parties. The mood at the party is jovial, and when the magician asks for a volunteer, the father gladly raises his hand. But something goes wrong, and he never emerges from the magic box. Instead, the family is left with the chicken into which he has been transformed, and so the passive wife is forced to undergo her own fundamental transformation and take responsibility for the family. Omar El-Zohairy says of his scathingly playful film that he envisioned it as a poem – a poem about antiheroes that the world has overlooked, and one that says much about life in contemporary Egypt. Winner of the Grand Prize at this year's Critics' Week in Cannes.

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About the director

Omar El-Zohairy

Omar El-Zohairy (1988, Cairo). Filmography: Zamir (2011, short), The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375 (Ma baad wadea hagar el asas l mashrou el hammam bel kilo 375, 2014, short), Feathers (2021)​.​


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Omar El-Zohairy
Screenplay: Ahmed Amer, Omar El-Zohairy
Dir. of Photography: Kamal Samy
Editor: Hisham Saqr
Art Director: Assem Ali
Producer: Juliette Lepoutre
Production: Still Moving
Coproduction: Film Clinic, Lagoonie Film Production, Kepler Film, Heretic
Cast: Demyana Nassar, Samy Bassiouny
Sales: Heretic Outreach


Omar El-Zohairy

Film Director


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