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Feathers

When a magic trick goes awry at a children’s birthday party, the authoritative father of an Egyptian family gets turned into a chicken. Omar El Zohairy’s absurdist cautionary tale charts the avalanche of related calamities that quickly befalls everyone connected to the stricken patriarch. 

The family’s mother, whose mundane life was previously dedicated to her husband and children, is forced to come to the fore and take care of her family. But, while moving heaven and earth to bring her husband back and secure their survival, she undergoes a total and unexpected transformation of her own. 

A bleak, sparse and surreal satire, Feathers won the Critics’ Week Grand Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2021.