Omar El Zohairy

Talents France, Egypt, Netherlands, Greece 112 min Catalan premiere Fiction


When a magic trick goes awry at a children’s birthday party, the authoritative father of the family turns into a chicken. An avalanche of coincidental absurdities befalls everyone; the mother, whose mundane life was dedicated to her husband and children, is now urged to come to the fore and take care of her family. While moving heaven and earth to bring her husband back and secure their survival, she goes through a total transformation.


Dark ComedyFeminismFirst FeatureSocial Issues


Omar El Zohairy

He studied film directing at the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo and worked as an assistant director on feature films of Egypt’s most prominent filmmakers, including Yousri Nasrallah. Zohairy’s first short film won the Muhr Special Jury Prize for Short Films in Dubai. His second short film was the first Egyptian film to be selected for the Cinéfondation competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. His first feature film, Feathers, was awarded in the competition of the Critics Week of Cannes 2021.

Filmography: Plumas (2021, D'A 2022), The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometre 375 (short, 2014), Breathe Out (short, 2011)

Omar El Zohairy

Film information

Original Title: Feathers
Director: Omar El Zohairy
Script: Ahmed Amer, Omar El Zohairy
Contact: Flamingo Films
With: Demyana Nassar, Samy Bassiouny, Fady Mina Fawzy, Abo Sefen Nabil Wesa, Mohamed Abd El Hady
Country: France, Egypt, Netherlands, Greece
Year: 2021
Format: DCP
Length: 112 min
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2022


International Critics' Week Grand Prize