Director: Philippe Lioret

France, 2008, 110min., drama
Bilal, a 17–year–old Kurdish refugee has spent the last three months of his life travelling across Europe in an attempt to reunite with his girlfriend who recently immigrated to England. Finally Bilal reaches the far north coast of France, where he can literally see the white cliffs of Dover across the English Channel. But it is here that his journey comes to an abrupt halt as local authorities, and the immigration laws they are enforcing, prevent him from going any further.  Bilal devises a plan to swim across the bitterly cold waters of the Channel, and heads to the local swimming pool to commence his training. Philippe Lioret has created an absorbing story that speaks not only of the social issues of the day, but of the very nature of the human spirit.

Philippe Lioret won “Label Europa Cinemas” and “Prize of the Ecumenical Jury” in Berlin International Film Festival, 2009.


Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Olivier Adam, Emmanuel Courcol, Philippe Lioret

Dir. of Photography: Laurent Dailland

Music: Nicola Piovani, Wojciech Kilar, Germain Boulay, Laurent Quaglio, Serge Rouquairol ir kt.

Cast: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana