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110 min.
France France
Philippe Lioret, Emmanuel Courcol, Olivier Adam
Nicola Piovani, Wojciech Kilar, Armand Amar
Laurent Dailland
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Nord Ouest Production / France 3 Cinéma / Studio 37 / CRRAV
Drama | Immigration. Teen/coming-of-age. Swimming
Synopsis / Plot
Bilal is 17 and comes from Iraq. He left his native land shortly after his girlfriend emigrated to England and is now in the midst of an adventurous journey across Europe in order to see her again. However, his trek has now come to an abrupt end here on the northern coast of France and he can go no further. Between him and his girlfriend Mina lies the wintry English Channel, its waves whipped into a frenzy of peaks and troughs by the strong gusts of the north-west wind. Bilal is stranded in Calais. A stretch of water measuring 32 kilometres separates him from the nearest English town. In a flash, the boy decides to head for the local swimming pool in order to begin training. This is where he meets lifeguard Simon, to whom he eventually confides his grand plan. Simon takes Bilal under his wing and secretly teaches the young Kurd how to crawl...
2009: Berlin Film Festival - Section Panorama: Award Label Europa Cinemas
2009: Festival Gijón: Best Screenplay
2009: César Awards: 10 Nominations including Best Film
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