Egyptian director Omar El Zohairy and Tunisian-French filmmaker Leyla Bouzid will compete at the event.
Two Arab films have been selected to premiere at International Critics’ Week, set to take place alongside the Cannes Film Festival from July 7-15.
Feathers, a feature film by Egyptian director Omar El Zohairy tells the story of a mother who dedicates her life to her husband and children. When a magic trick goes wrong at her four-year-old son’s birthday party, an avalanche of coincidental absurdities befall the family. The magician turns her husband, the authoritarian father, into a chicken.
The second film selected to compete at the event, is Tunisian-French filmmaker Leyla Bouzid’s Une histoire d’amour et de désir (A Tale of Love and Desire).
The story revolves around Ahmed, an 18-year-old, who is French but of Algerian origin and grew up in the suburbs of Paris. At university, he meets Farah, a young joyful Tunisian girl, who has just arrived in Paris. While discovering a collection of sensual and erotic Arab literature he never could have imagined existed, Ahmed falls in love with Farah.