Director: Omar El Zohairy
Country: France, Egypt, Netherlands, Greece

2021 | 112 min. | Arabic
Subtitles: English, German

Cast_ Demyana Nassar, Samy Bassiouny, Fady Mina Fawzy, Abo Sefen Nabil Wesa, Mohamed Abd El Hady Screenplay_ Ahmed Amer, Omar El Zohairy Camera_ Kamal Samy Producer_ Juliette Lepoutre Rights_ Heretic Outreach

Fairy-tale emancipation: when a father is accidentally turned into a chicken, an Egyptian family is forced to regroup.

Tidying up, cleaning, looking after the children, doing the shopping, cooking, washing up, comforting the crying baby: Rasha’s working day as a mother is tough but structured. However, a failed magic trick performed during the children’s birthday party upsets this rehearsed choreography: Rasha’s bossy husband disappears, and a chicken remains in his place. The failure of the two amateur magicians gives the family an unexpected new beginning. In shots that are as original as they are precise, Omar El Zohairy tells the story of an empowerment against one’s will as a mixture of fairy tale and tragicomedy. At the same time, he paints a witty portrait of his home country caught between the demands of modernisation and an antiquated social structure.Presented by FESPACO.


While studying directing in Cairo, Egyptian-born Omar El Zohairy made the short films ›Zafir‹ (2011) and ›The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375‹ (2014). His first feature film ›Feathers‹ was awarded the top prize at the ›Semaine de la Critique‹ in Cannes in 2021.


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