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International title Welcome
Section 47 edición - Sección Oficial Largometrajes
Country Francia
Year 2009
Running time 110
Director Philippe Lioret
Screenplay Philippe Lioret, Emmanuel Courcol, Olivier Adam
Film Editing Andréa Sedlackova
Photography Laurent Dailland
Art direction Yves Brover
Production Philip Boëffard, Eve Machuel
Cast Vincent London (Simon), Firat Ayverdi (Bilal), Audrey Dana (marion), Derya Ayverdi (Mina), Selim Akgul (Zoran), Thierry Godard (Bruno), Olivier Rabourdin (Caratini)
Web site

Nord-Ouest Films

Distribution Company

Golem Distribución


This is the story of one of the thousands of immigrants who arrive every year at the French harbour of Calais, hoping to cross the 32 kilometres which separate them from the United Kingdom. Bilal is a Kurdish teenager from Iraq, determined to join his beloved, who is waiting for him on British soil. However, his desires clash repeatedly against the wall of government bureaucracy. Nevertheless, he is not willing to give up his dream and plans to swim the English Channel as a last resort. To aid him on his odyssey, he has the support of Simon, who will secretly help the boy to achieve his goal while trying to ease his own troubled heart.

Director bio

Lioret was born in Paris in 1955. He entered the world of cinema in the 1980s as a sound technician with directors such as Michel Deville and Robert Altman. Tombés du Ciel (1993), his first film as a director, won awards for Best Screenplay and Best Director at the San Sebastian Film Festival.  In the years that followed, his work as a filmmaker was recognized by the French Film Academy in the form of two Cesar awards to the actors in his film Je Vais Bien, Ne T’en Fais Pas (2006), as well as nominations for Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film. His latest feature film, Welcome, received an award at the 2009 Berlin Festival.