AWARDS & ACCOLADES

♦  WINNER Best Film – Lumiere Awards 2010 

♦  WINNER Prize of the Ecumenical Jury & Europa Prize – Berlin International Film Festival 2009 

♦  WINNER Audience Prize – City of Angels, City of Lights Los Angeles Film Fest 2009 

♦  WINNER European Parliament LUX Film Prize 2009 

♦  NOMINATED Cesar Awards – WELCOME received ten nominations including Best Film, Director, Actor, Breakthrough Performance, Original Screenplay, and Cinematography 

♦  NOMINATED Prix Louis Delluc Best Film 

♦  OFFICIAL SELECTION Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2010


 PRAISE FOR WELCOME 


“A bold & affecting drama”
Total Film 


“Powerfully engaging. Terrific.”
London Review 

 
Andiee Paviour, WHO 



Nick Dent, Time Out Sydney 

“Beautifully judged… compassionate and humane filmmaking”
The London Times 

“Superb, emotionally affecting…something transcendent”
Variety 

“Stunning, compassionate, inspired… an extraordinary account of human bonding… an intense, challenging and surprisingly warm experience.”
Colin Fraser, Filmink 

“Poignantly captured, impeccably crafted Romeo and Juliet-inspired love story… A grand romantic tale (with) remarkable performances.”
Mark Naglazas, The West Australian 

“A joy to experience”
Alice Tynan, Concrete Playground 

SYNOPSIS

The multi award-winning new film from writer/director Philippe Lioret, WELCOME is a compassionate and inspiring drama about the hope of new beginnings and the power of true love, centred on two couples contending with issues of separation and dislocation. 

17-year-old Bilal has spent the last three months travelling illegally across Europe, in an attempt to reunite with his girlfriend Mina who has moved with her family to England. The long journey is almost over when he finally reaches Calais, on the far northern coast of France; he can literally see his destination from across the Channel. But with all legal options exhausted, Bilal resolves that his only option is to learn to swim, and make the dangerous crossing himself.
 Bilal seeks the help of middle-aged swimming instructor Simon (Vincent Lindon), who is privately reeling from impending divorce from his socially-conscious wife Marion. In an effort to win her back, Simon impulsively – and uncharacteristically – risks everything by taking Bilal under his wing. 

A huge critical and box office success in its native France, this profoundly moving masterwork was awarded the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, named Best Film at the 2010 Lumiere Awards, and received an astonishing ten Cesar nominations including Best Film and Director.