When Pigs Have Wings (film)

When Pigs Have Wings

Film poster
Directed by Sylvain Estibal
Produced by Jean-Philippe Blime
Franck Chorot
Benito Mueller
Wolfgang Müller
Jean-Jacques Neira
Hubert Toint
Jeremy Burdek
Maya Hariri
Joffrey Hutin
Nadia Khamlichi
Adrian Politowski
Gilles Waterkeyn
Marc Olla
Written by Sylvain Estibal
Starring Sasson Gabai
Music by Aqualactica
Boogie Balagan
Cinematography Romain Winding
Edited by Damien Keyeux
Distributed by StudioCanal
Release dates
  • 21 September 2011 (2011-09-21)
Running time
98 minutes
Country France
Language English
Budget $4 million
Box office $4.2 million[1]

When Pigs Have Wings or Le Cochon de Gaza is a 2011 French-German-Belgian comedy film directed by Sylvain Estibal.[2][3]


One day Jaafar, a fortuneless Palestinian fisherman, catches his nets a Vietnamese pig. Torn between his Muslim faith and his desire to improve the lives of his wife and himself, pay debts and the reality of the conflict, Jaafar decides to undertake a most unusual trade with a young Russian-Israeli settler, Yelena. She raises pigs and - having no male pig of her own - she asks Jafaar to bring him the seed of his pig



The film was shot in Malta.


Award Category Recipient Result
César Award Best First Feature Film Sylvain Estibal & Franck Chorot Won
Magritte Award Best Editing Damien Keyeux Nominated
Best Foreign Film in Coproduction Sylvain Estibal Nominated
Munich Film Festival One Future Prize Sylvain Estibal Won
Tokyo International Film Festival Audience Award Sylvain Estibal Won
Tokyo Grand Prix Sylvain Estibal Nominated


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