Written and directed by Omar El-Zohairy and co-written by Ahmed Amer, Feathers won the awards for best film, director and screenplay, scoring three wins from four nominations.
The Awards for Arab Films are organised by the Arab Cinema Centre (ACC), with the winners announced during the ceremony held at the 75th Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May).
This year, the international jury panel encompasses 167 film critics from 68 countries.
The jurors evaluated the nominated films using the Festival Scope digital platform, a partner of ACC.
Feathers premiered at the 74th Cannes Film Festival (2021) where it won the Critics’ Week Grand Prize and the International Federation of Film Critics Award for best first feature in parallel sections.
It also won the Aleksandar Sasa Petrovic Grand Prix at the Auteur Film Festival (2021) and Best International Feature at the Calgary International Film Festival (2021).
The film also garnered four major awards at the 2021 Carthage Film Festival, including the grand prize; and two awards at the 2021 El-Gouna Film Festival, among numerous other prizes and nominations.
The 112-minute film stars Demyana Nassar, Samy Bassouny, Fady Mina Fawzy, Abu Sefen Nabil Wesa, and Mohamed Abdel-Hady.
“Feathers is a tale of scathing social satire, wry laughter, and unsettling oddity,” says the film’s synopsis.
“When a magic trick goes awry at a children’s birthday party, the authoritative father of the family turns into a chicken. The mysterious transformation sets the family off to a tragically funny adventure of self-discovery to survive without the patriarch.”
The 1st Critics’ Awards for Arab Films was held on the margins of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. The awards are given to the best Arab film productions every year in the following categories: Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Director, Best Writer, Best Actress and Best Actor.
This year, for the first time in the history of Arab cinema, the jury committee brought together 167 of the most prominent Arab and international film critics from 68 countries.