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

That's enough.

Get out!

Get out!

Storm warning for the Gaza coast

All fishermen are urged

to return to shore

and to secure their boats.

Come on!

The poor guy should earn something.

Super-fish on offer. Today

Special Price!

Fresh from the sea!

One kilo sardines for 20 shekels!

Come closer to the fresh fish!

The songs of theirs

make me sick and tired.


A nice tuna and three giant sea bream.

- And you got rid of it?

- Of course.

Really large critters...

You don't catch fish like

that every day...

What are we eating today?

How much?

- How much what?

- How much did you get?

- Almost 60 Shekels.

- Show me!

Why should I show you?

I only have three shekels.

He had no small change with him.

He'll pay tomorrow.

Good thing he didn't give it to me

in front of the others.

It avoids jealousy this way..

Yes, you're right.

Everyone envies us.

Is there tea?

I found a coffee pot.

And small drawings, like the Chinese do.

I gave them to my wife.

Man, you have some luck!

I found flip flops, in different colors

both for the right foot,

one big, one small.

Gave them to her anyway.

But you know how she is...

She still pulled a face.

But she's also quite right.

Just send her to Haifa.

Maybe she finds the left feet

then finally she can be satisfied.

Sheesh, what a pig sty!

My God!

God save me!

God forgive me!

Forgive me!

God, why do you test me so hard?

The soldiers on the roof?

I can't do anything about it.

They're positioned there,

because of the settlers.

What did you catch?

- What did you catch?

- Nothing to eat.

Not even a sardine?

No, nothing.

The Shopkeeper was here.

What did he want?

He wanted money.

Oh yes, it's possible.

How are you, Mr. Abbas?

Thank God, everything is fine.

And your wife?

Thank God, everything is fine.

- The soldiers on your roof?

- Thank God... all right.

- Life in Gaza?

- No problem.

Excellent. So what gives us the

honor of seeing you, Mr. Abbas?

There is very big problem...

Oh really?

- Well that is news...

- Mr. Schauerland...

Tell me, you eat "Big" in your family?

We eat what?

- "Big", you eat Big?

- Big?


Pig! Pig! With a sharp P.


Yes, people in the West do eat pork.

- Yes.

- Yes, oh yes.

But you eat little bit "Big"?

A little every now and then yes...

when I go home, I...

- I love sausage.

- Oh, sausage, very good.

Sausage is very good, very good.


Yes, yes!

Now you must feel, Mr. Schauerland

like you are home here.

- Like home!

- What do you mean?

I have..

- You have what?

- I have...

- A sausage?

- No.

I have "big" to sell you,

because I know you like to eat "Big"!

Mr. Abbas, what am I supposed to do

with a pig?

Well, do what you always: Eat!

- This is really out of the question.

- Give me a price.

I really don't want it.

- Tell me, price...

- No!

- 200 dollars

- Mr. Abbas, I really don't want it!

Well, 100.


No means no, do you understand?

No means, no!

- 2 dollars?

- No, no!

- No, not you...

- 2 Dollar...

No, listen. We ordered cement...

This is even cheaper than meat.

Am I supposed to make bricks

out of rice?

Boil them and build a house

out of them?

What is wrong here?

This is as bad as Mogadishu!

Get out of here!

I'm going crazy!

Get out!!

His fuse has blown.

Do you know Ibrahimovich?

Who's that?

One of our brothers in Sarajevo,

who was bumped off?

I don't know.

He plays for Juventus.

Ah, I see.

Yet another pig-eater.

- Do you like him?

- I don't care.

Milosevic hasn't bothered me.


Peace be with you.

What's that for a face?

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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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