Berlinale

Feathers

Synopsis
When a magician’s trick goes wrong at the six-year-old Mando’s birthday party, an avalanche of coincidental absurdities befalls the boy’s family. The magician turns Sami, the authoritative father, into a chicken and fails to bring him back. The mysterious transformation of the father sets the family off on a tragically absurd adventure of self-discovery to survive without him.
Rasha, the passive mother, is suddenly responsible for the family. She slowly transforms into a stronger woman and mother. Ramadan, the 9-year-old son, is forced to take up his father’s job in order to earn some money for the family. Mando struggles without his father but finds solace in his older brother. When the father comes back as an invalid, he is more of a burden. His long-awaited return is nothing but disappointment.

Egypt
Director: Omar el Zohairy
Producers: Still Moving (France), Synergy (Egypt), Kepler Film (Netherlands), Heretic (Greece)
European WCF partner: Heretic (Greece)
World sales: tbc

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in July 2018
Funding amount: 40.000 €