Egyptian director Omar El-Zohairy has become a top winner at the sixth edition of the Critics’ Awards for Arab Films by the Arab Cinema Center.
His film ‘Feathers’ recently won best film, screenplay and director at the Critics’ Awards for Arab Films, and in 2021, the film also won the best prize at Cannes Critics’ film week.
The Arab Cinema Center focuses on Arab-language films that premiered on the festival circuit outside the Arab nation in 2021.
One hundred sixty-seven (167) film critics from 68 countries voted on the film, which first premiered at Festival Scope.
According to the director, the film took six years to finally reach the big screen and required collaboration from many firms and countries.
“Feathers” was co-produced by Juliette Lepoutre from Still Moving in France, together with Mohamed Hefzy’s Film Clinic and Shahinaz Al Akkad from Lagoonie Film, and Egyptian filmmakers Derk-Jan Warrink and Koji Nelissen from Kepler Film, including Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis from Heretic in Greece, and Verona Meier from Germany and Norway.
Other winners at the award ceremony include Maisa Abd Elhadi, who won the best actress award for her performance in “Huda’s Salon”, directed by Hany Abu-Assad, while Ali Suliman won the best actor award for his role in Egyptian director Mohamed Diab’s “Amira.”