When Pigs Have Wings

Synopsis: After a tempest, fishermen do not find only fish in their nets. That is what happens to Jafaar, a poor fisherman who lives poorly in Gaza. And what he hauls in is really upsetting : imagine that, a pig! An unclean animal judged impure not only by the Faith of Islam but also by the Jewish religion. Determined to get rid of the animal, Jafaar tries desperately to sell it, first to a United Nations official, then to a Jewish colony where Yelena raises pigs not for their meat but for security reasons. Of course, going unnoticed in the company of a "forbidden" animal, among his Palestinian brothers, past Israeli soldiers and under the scrutiny of Islamic fundamentalists is no bed of roses and a series of misadventures await Jafaar....
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Sylvain Estibal
  3 wins & 3 nominations.
98 min

Come here! Come on!

Caught any fish?

With that face I guess not.

No, that's not it.

Drink tea with me and

tell me everything.

Seriously, nobody is going to steal

your bike from here.

Come on, come on in..

You have to throw it back in the sea.

No, or I'll be stuck with

impure blood on my hands.

I'll get you a Kalashnikov,

if you want.

Tomorrow morning you come to me

in the store

Shoot it and throw it into the water.

I haven't touched a weapon

since the Six-Day War.

This is really very simple.

Anyone can use it..

Like hairdryers.

Come back tomorrow,

then I'll have it.

Then I'll show you how it's done.

But the pig must not remain on board!

You have to get rid of it quickly.


Take me with you.

I've never seen a pig.

Oh, sure. Come on.

My God, how ugly...

How can something like that eat?

You should have locked it up

in the hold.

I've never seen such a mess.

What a fucking animal!

I want go find someone buy for my meat.

- You're a fisherman?

- Yes.

And you're telling me you sell meat?

Yes, I sell meat fish.

It's like fish with meat in it.

- You can't enter.

- No enter, I want to go out.

- It's the same thing.

- No it's not!

- Yes, it is! - No!

- Yes it is!

If I go in or not I not care

but my meat must go in.

- I have to.. "big" for sale.

- What?


Very nice pig, very ugly.

Maybe I can find someone.

You good man, you understand.

Go away!

Come on, get out!

This is goat hair.

You like it?

Do you have ammunition?

Where would I get ammunition?

- Eat.

- No, thank you.

Touch anything you like, ok?

I'll go get you that.

Now, suddenly, you don't eat pork

any more, Mr. UN?

The Lord can only make calls

and eat kosher food.

Why not?

What's up?

Don't you like my pig?

But you have such a nice office!

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Sylvain Estibal

Sylvain Estibal (born 13 March 1967) is a French reporter, author and film director. The film The Last Flight was based on Estibal's 2006 book. He directed the film When Pigs Have Wings for which he was awarded the César Award for Best Debut. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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