WELCOME
WELCOME


DIRECTOR
Philippe Lioret

SCREENPLAY
Olivier Adam, Emmanuel Courcol & Philippe Lioret

CAST
Simon: Vincent Lindon
Bilal: Firat Ayverdi
Marion: Audrey Dana
Bruno: Thierry Godard
Mina: Derya Ayverdi

AWARDS
Best Picture - Lumière Awards (2010)

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
Film Movement

RUNNING TIME 110’
PRODUCTION France, 2008
RATING Not Rated
GAUGE 35mm, Digibeta, DVD




“The action takes place against a topical background, with the film offering a quietly impassioned critique of the French government’s harsh policies towards illegal immigrants.”
Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily.

Both a study of a budding friendship and a compassionate look at the perils faced by illegal immigrants, Philippe Lioret’s Welcome centers on Bilal, a 17-year-old Iraqi Kurd who is stuck in Calais, in Northern France, and Simon, a recently divorced swimming teacher. Desperate to join his girlfriend in London, Bilal vows to swim across the English Channel if he has to, setting the stage for his meeting with Simon. The older man’s motives for helping Bilal train for his journey at first remain unclear: Is he trying to impress his ex-wife, Marion, who works for an organization that helps refugees? Soon, however, Simon develops a genuine bond with the teenage immigrant, growing increasingly more protective of him, even though he risks prosecution by caring for Bilal. Unmistakably a condemnation of xenophobia in France, Welcome also features richly drawn, fully fleshed-out lead characters; though not perfect, Bilal and Simon strive to be good, decent people. Acting veteran Lindon and first-time performer Ayverdi beautifully play off each other as Simon and Bilal slowly start to form a tender surrogate father-son connection.

 



 
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