This Kafkaesque Egyptian tragicomedy tells of a failed magic trick which mirrors a society in upheaval. It was supposed to be a normal kids’ birthday party, but then a magic trick goes wrong and Mando’s authoritarian father turns into a chicken. The metamorphosis has an impact on the entire family: mother Rasha is suddenly forced to take on responsibility and Mando’s big bro has to go to work and earn money. Above all, Mando misses his Dad – but soon the question arises as to whether they’re not actually all better off with the chicken.
OMAR EL ZOHAIRY (*1988 in Kairo) studied film direction at the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo and was assistant director to Yosry Nasrallah and Ahmed Abdallah. Feathers was shown in the Semaine de la Critique section at Cannes where it won the main prize.
France, Egypt, Netherlands, Greece
OV with German subtitles
Omar El Zohairy
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Film Clinic; Lagoonie Film Production; Kepler Film; Heretic