Jul 20, 2010 · 7:00 PM
WHAT: Welcome (details below)
Screened in French with English subtitles.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 20 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Charles Theatre, 1711 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD
ADMISSION: General: $9.50; Seniors: $8.50
MORE INFORMATION / TICKETS: http://www.thecharles...
France — 2008 — 110 min. — 35mm
Directed by Philippe Lioret
Cast: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana
Bilal, a 17-year-old Kurdish youth, has traveled through the Middle East and Europe to join his girlfriend, who has recently immigrated to England with her family. But his journey comes to an abrupt end when he is stopped on the French side of the Channel.
Having decided to swim across, Bilal goes to the local swimming pool to train. There he meets Simon, a swimming instructor in the midst of a divorce. To impress his wife and win back her heart, Simon decides to risk everything by taking Bilal under his wing.
“Puts you so completely into the shoes of a young man facing almost insurmountable obstacles that you feel a profound empathy not only for him but also for all who are ready to risk everything for the dream of a better life.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times
-Berlin Film Festival 2009: Ecumenial and Europa Prizes
-Cesar Awards 2010: 10 nominations (including Best Film, Director, Actor)