Crew of 'Feathers' film during the Culture Ministry's celebration of their Cannes' triumph, Tuesday 3 August 2021, Tharwat Okasha Hall of the National Cinema Center
Egypt’s Culture Minister Ines Abdel-Dayem on Tuesday led an honouring ceremony for the makers of 'Reesh' (‘Feathers’), the debut feature film of director Omar El-Zohairy, celebrating its triumph in Cannes.
Feathers premiered in Paris in mid-July, winning the Critics' Week Grand Prize (Semaine de la Critique) as well as the International Federation of Film Critics Award for best first feature in parallel sections at the 74th Cannes Film Festival.
“This is a historic achievement as it is also the first Egyptian participation in the competition,” stated Abdel-Dayem during the ceremony attended by tens of filmmakers, critics and cinema personas at the Tharwat Okasha Hall of the National Cinema Centre.
Egyptian Culture Minister Ines Abdel-Dayem hails the crew of 'Feathers' film during a celebration of their Cannes' triumph, Tuesday 3 August 2021, Tharwat Okasha Hall of the National Cinema Center
The director and most of the crew were honored, including producers Mohamed Hefzy and Shahinaz El-Akkad, as well as DOP Kamal Samy and editor Hisham Saqr, in addition to the cast’s rising talents; Demyana Nassar, Samy Bassouny, Fady Mina Fawzy, Abu Sefen Nabil Wesa, Mohamed Abdel-Hady and others.
Attendees watch a documentary about the making of 'Feathers' film during the Egyptian Culture Ministry's celebration of its Cannes' triumph, Tuesday 3 August 2021, Tharwat Okasha Hall of the National Cinema Center
Feathers is a 112-minute Arabic-language film that explores the adventures of a mother who is stuck in a repetitive daily routine when a magician mistakenly turns her strict husband into a chicken, forcing her to adapt while going through a rough and absurd transformation.
Feathers will be premiering in Egypt in October as part of its participation in the Gouna Film Festival's fifth edition, which is scheduled for 14 to 22 October.
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