| 2009 – 105′ – Drama –
Co-written and Directed by Philippe Lioret
Starring Vincent Lindon, Fırat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana, Derya Ayverdi, Patrick Ligardes
Official Selections: COLCOA French Film Festival, (winner Audience Award), Berlin International Film Festival.
10 César Awards nominations including Best film. Winner Best Film Lumiere Awards.
In French with English subtitles.
A Film Movement release.|
Bilal, a 17 year-old Kurdish refugee, has struggled his way through Europe for 3 months, trying to reunite with his girlfriend, who recently emigrated to England. But his journey comes to a halt when he’s stopped by authorities on the French side of the Channel. Left with no alternatives, he decides to swim across, and goes to the local swimming pool to train. There he meets Simon, a swimming instructor in turmoil over his imminent divorce. Simon agrees to help Bilal, hoping to win back the love of his wife, who does volunteer work helping immigrants. But what begins as a relationship based on self interest, develops into something much bigger than Simon could ever have imagined, as he too will have risk everything to reach happiness.