Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Ajyal Film Festival 2021

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Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Omar El Zohairy / France, Egypt, Netherlands, Greece / 2021 / 112 min / Colour / DCP / In Arabic / English subtitles
Rated: Mature subject matter. May not be suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas

Screenings

  • Mon, Nov 8 - 7:30 PM
    Vox Cinema 11, DFC
    Fee: 40 QAR
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  • Thu, Nov 11 - 9:00 PM
    Vox Cinema 10, DFC
    Fee: 40 QAR
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Synopsis

When a magic trick goes terribly awry at a children’s birthday party, the autocratic father of an impoverished family is turned abruptly into a chicken. This ludicrous event causes an avalanche of coincidental absurdities to befall everyone else. The dutiful mother, whose mundane life was dedicated to her husband and children, is now thrust to the forefront as head of the new, unusual household and primary breadwinner for her family. While trying everything to bring her husband back and secure their financial survival, she undergoes a considerable transformation of her own.
Even as a chicken, her husband seems to be demanding as ever, and you get the impression that this henpecking behaviour started long before he became poultry. Treated with darkly humorous absurdity, the film uses its farcical premise to highlight more profound issues of gender and wealth inequality that many households in Egypt face. The wife’s place in the family has fundamentally changed, and she will do everything to protect her newfound liberation in this brilliantly composed comedic satire of patriarchy. Filmmaker Omar El Zohairy made history with this film by winning the Grand Prize at Critics’ Week in Cannes this year, becoming the first Egyptian film to win in this segment of the festival.

Director

Omar El Zohairy

Omar El Zohairy began work as an assistant director on feature films of Egypt’s most prominent filmmakers, including Yousri Nasrallah. Zohairy’s first short film, ‘Breathe Out’ (Zafir), premiered at the 8th Dubai International Film Festival and won the Muhr Special Jury Prize for Short Films. His second short film, ‘The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometre 375’, was the first Egyptian film selected for the Cinéfondation competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and the film went on to win several awards around the world.

Credits

Screenwriter
Ahmed Amer, Omar El Zohairy
Producer
Juliette Lepoutre
Editor
Hisham Saqr
Cinematographer
Kamal Samy
Cast
Demyana Nassar, Samy Bassiouny, Fady Mina Fawzy, Abo Sefen Nabil Wesa, Mohamed Abd El Hady