Closing Film: Feathers + Q&A 2021

Omar El Zohairy / Egypt, France, Greece / 112 mins / Arabic / Rating 15 / Scottish Premiere


Winner of the Critics’ Week Grand Prize at Cannes Film Festival.

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.

The in-person screening will be followed by a conversation with Samar Ziadat and Carina Haouchine. 

Content Notes: This film contains scenes of implied threat, some violence, and injury detail that some may find distressing.

About the Director

Omar El Zohairy 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, Breathe Out (Zafir), premiered at the 8th Dubai International Film Festival and won the Muhr Special Jury Prize for Short Films. His second short film, The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometre 375, was the first Egyptian film to be selected for the Cinéfondation competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival; the film went on to win several awards around the world. His first feature film, Feathers, premiered in the competition of the Critics Week of Cannes in 2021.

Portrait by Moe Awad

Past Showings

Glasgow / Saturday 19th November 2022 / 6pm / CCA / Book Now

Friday 18th November 2022 / 6pm for 2 days / Online

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Samar Ziadat is a programmer, curator and researcher. Currently, she works at CCA Glasgow project managing Common Ground, a physical and figurative space developed by and for refugees and asylum seekers. Previously, she Founded and Directed Dardishi, a Festival of Arab and North African art by women and gender minorities.

Carina Haouchine is a Scottish-Algerian filmmaker, writer and musician. She works across a variety of creative fields, which greatly influence each other. Her award-winning short doc Ululation (2018) explored her relationship with her Algerian family. This year she released the book Machado: A Berber folk tale, which is the first English translation of Algerian, Berber folk stories.