Written and directed by Omar El-Zohairy and co-written by Ahmed Amer, Feathers premiered at 74th Cannes Film Festival (2021) where it won Critics' Week Grand Prize and the International Federation of Film Critics Award for best first feature in parallel sections.
It also won Aleksandar Sasa Petrovic Grand Prix at Auteur Film Festival (2021), Best International Feature at Calgary International Film Festival (2021), as well as garnering four major awards at Carthage Film Festival (2021), including the grand prize, and two awards at El Gouna Film Festival (2021), among numerous other prizes and nominations.
During Al-Ain Film Festival, the film will be screened twice, on the 25 and 26 January.
The 112-minute film stars Demyana Nassar, Samy Bassouny, Fady Mina Fawzy, Abu Sefen Nabil Wesa, and Mohamed Abd El-Hady.
The film is produced by the French producers Juliette Lepoutre and Pierre Menahem (Still Moving), co-produced by Mohamed Hefzy (Film Clinic) and Shahinaz El Akkad (Lagoonie Film Production), alongside Derk-Jan Warrink and Koji Nelissen (Kepler Film) and Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis (Heretic) and Verona Meier.
The film’s director, El-Zohairy, was born in Cairo in 1988. He studied film directing at the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo. During his studies he worked as an assistant director for Yosry Nasrallah and Ahmad Abdalla among many other prominent film directors. His first short feature film Zafir (“Breathe Out”) premiered at the 8th Dubai Film Festival and won the Jury Special Mention Prize at Muhr Arab Short Competition.
Al-Ain Film Festival is an annual, non-profit film festival, was founded in 2019 by the Emirati director and writer Amer Salmeen Al Murray.The festival provides opportunities for professional filmmakers, students and creative youth to present their films through a unique platform that allows the exchange of experiences and knowledge, and honors art pioneers.