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Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches... See more »

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Simon Calmat
Firat Ayverdi ...
Bilal
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Marion Calmat
Derya Ayverdi ...
Mina
Thierry Godard ...
Bruno
Mehmet Selim Akgul ...
Zoran (as Selim Akgül)
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Koban
Murat Subasi ...
Mirko
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Lieutenant Caratini
Yannick Renier ...
Alain
Mouafaq Rushdie ...
Le père de Mina
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La mère de Mina (as Behi Djanati Ataï)
Patrick Ligardes ...
Le voisin de Simon
Jean-Pol Brissart ...
Le juge
Blandine Pélissier ...
La juge aux affaires familiales
Eric Herson-Macarel ...
Le policier du centre de rétention
Gilles Masson ...
Le gradé du centre de rétention
Emmanuel Courcol ...
Le directeur du supermarché
Jean-François Fagour ...
Le chef de la sécurité du supermarché
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Le gradé chez Simon
Lazare Herson-Macarel ...
Le passeur
Stéphane Butet ...
Le passeur au volant
Jean-Christophe Voiron ...
Le chauffeur du camion tchèque
Sever Hosgoren ...
Kurde du camion
Kivi Fakhri ...
Kurde du camion
Carine Bouquillon ...
Bénévole du quai de la soupe
Fernand Rolet ...
Bénévole du quai de la soupe
Omed Ahmad ...
Eyaz
Kae Bahar ...
Azad (as Karzan Sherabayani)
Ibrahim Kiransal ...
Aran
Hossein Soltani ...
Interprète tribunal
Florence Hebbelynck ...
Avocate tribunal
Bruno Tuchszer ...
L'opérateur du cross
Pierre-Yves Kiebbe ...
Le gradé du contrôle
Bawer Yoclu ...
Le petit frère de Mina
Dilba Yoclu ...
La petite soeur de Mina
Stéphane Debureau ...
Policier contrôle
Emmanuel Martin ...
Policier contrôle
Joakim Latzko ...
L'Afghan du centre de rétention
Vincent Pietton ...
Policier centre de rétention
Jeremy Zylberberg ...
Policier centre de rétention
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Policier centre de rétention
Max Rensonnet ...
Policier centre de rétention
Félix Verhaverbeke ...
Le grand-père sur la plage
Jérémy Bocquet ...
Le petit-fils sur la plage
Ottis Ba ...
La migrant de la cabine téléphonique (as Otis Ba)
Fanny Drouin ...
La caissière de la piscine
Laurence Flahault ...
La femme de service de la piscine
Delwar Hussain ...
Un Pakistanais au supermarché
Saqib de Lahore ...
Un Pakistanais au supermarché
Emmanuelle Dupuy ...
L'avocate de Simon et Marion
Philippe Gaulé ...
Le voisin du dessus
Thibaut Rottiers ...
Policier chez Simon
Eric Beauchamp ...
Policier chez Simon
Jonathan Fournier ...
Serveur de la brasserie
Eric Etje ...
Le Somalien
Eywaz Kilic ...
Le Pakistanais du pain de la soupe
Luc Kienzel ...
Le vigile de la station-service
Edward Patrick ...
Garde-côte
Olivier Copyans ...
Garde-côte
Frank Hewetson ...
Garde-côte

Directed by

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Philippe Lioret

Written by (WGA)

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Philippe Lioret ... (original scenario) &
Emmanuel Courcol ... (original scenario) &
Olivier Adam ... (original scenario)
 
Serge Frydman ... (collaboration)

Produced by

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Bertrand Faivre ... co-producer
Serge Hayat ... co-producer
Christophe Rossignon ... producer

Music by

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Nicola Piovani

Cinematography by

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Laurent Dailland

Film Editing by

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Andrea Sedlácková

Editorial Department

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Marie De La Selle ... assistant editor
Sophie Henocq ... assistant editor
Judith Rivière Kawa ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Tatiana Vialle

Set Decoration by

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Thierry Rouxel

Costume Design by

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Fanny Drouin

Makeup Department

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Charley Collier ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Julien Azoulay ... post-production supervisor
Benjamin Clauzier ... assistant unit manager
Eric Duriez ... post-production manager
Alexandre Houllier ... assistant unit manager
Olivier Hélie ... production manager
Emma Murphy ... head of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jean-Emmanuel Graine ... second assistant director
Isabelle Henry ... first assistant director (as Isabelle Henri)
Tiziano Niero ... assistant director: UK
Jessica Palud ... second assistant director
Mick Pantaleo ... first assistant director
Sanjay Paraswani ... assistant director
Vincent Templement ... additional second assistant director

Art Department

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Ute Bergk ... set decorator/buyer
Lionel Callari ... property master
François Charrier ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Germain Boulay ... dialogue editor / sound editor
Stephane Lioret ... boom operator
Marion Lorthioir ... post-synchronisation
Pierre Mertens ... sound recordist
Simon Poupard ... sound mix technician
Laurent Quaglio ... supervising sound editor
Serge Rouquairol ... sound editor
Bruno Schweisguth ... trainee sound
Eric Tisserand ... sound mixer

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Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge ... Flame artist: Mac Guff Ligne Paris
Etienne Grandou ... visual effects coordinator
Emmanuel Le Courbe ... flame artist
Sergeï Lourié ... senior digital compositor
Martial Vallanchon ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Michel Carliez ... stunt coordinator
Eric Fournol ... stunt performer
Sylvain Gabet ... stunt performer
Yves Girard ... stunt performer
Albert Goldberg ... stunt performer
Mouloud Ikhaddelene ... stunt performer
Philippe Morel ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Christian Abomnes ... first assistant camera
Christophe Bassoulet ... electrician
Nicolas Blampain ... electrician
Maxime Cointe ... assistant camera
Julien Cottret ... additional grip
Julien Covens ... grip
Guy Ferrandis ... still photographer
Gil Fontbonne ... key grip
Bruno Glasberg ... electrician
Cédric Guerby ... electrician
Malek Krimed ... first assistant camera
Johan Lecomte ... grip
Maud Lemaistre ... second assistant camera
Anna Lequoy ... assistant camera: re-shots
Jean-Baptiste Perrin ... gaffer
Jako Raybaut ... cinematographer: second unit
Jan Rubens ... steadicam operator
Nicolas Sommermeyer ... best boy grip
Gregoire Thevenot ... camera trainee

Casting Department

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Swann Arlaud ... casting assistant
Soone Hoang ... casting assistant (as Lan Hoang Xuan)
Bruno Le Guern ... casting assistant / extras casting assistant
Witek Luszcz ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Magali Cohen ... costumer
Sabrina Loreau ... costumer

Location Management

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Julie Belthoise ... location manager
Christelle Bladinières ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Armand Amar ... composer: stock music
Jean-Pierre Arquié ... music supervisor (as Jean-Pierre Arquie)
Thomas Jamois ... soundtrack coordinator
Wojciech Kilar ... composer: stock music
Cristina Piovani ... music executive producer
Marie Sabbah ... music supervisor
Fabio Venturi ... score mixer

Other crew

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Farah Abushwesha ... production coordinator
Sebastien Boiteux ... account assistant
Milvia Bonacini ... voice actress: Behi Djanati Atai
Julien Béségher ... assistant accountant
Marielle Duigou ... development manager
Andrew P. Kirkham ... dvd producer [gb]
Chantal Malrat ... production accountant
Marie Popovitch ... production coordinator
Luc Poullain ... helicopter pilot: camera
Christophe Vandenborre ... production assistant

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of the English Channel when you can't swim? The boy soon discovers that his trip won't be as easy as he imagined... The community of struggling illegal aliens in Calais is captured with authenticity, from the point of view of people who arrived there knowing nothing about France. This immigrant drama, with wonderful performances by the actors, is a strong story which uses documentary austerity and minimalist style to create a great emotional impact. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Taglines Friendship has no borders. True love has no limits. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Welcome - Grenze der Hoffnung (Germany)
  • Isten hozott! (Hungary)
  • Bem-Vindo (Brazil)
  • Добре дошли (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Hosgeldiniz (Turkey, Turkish title)
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  • 110 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The neighbor of Simon who rats him out to the police, has a doormat with the word 'Welcome' printed on it. See more »
Goofs When Simon finds Mina in London, in the background is a sign for "Elephant and Castle Shopping Center" - in British English, the spelling "centre" would be used. See more »
Movie Connections Spoofed in Chashme Baddoor (2013). See more »
Soundtracks Migrants See more »
Quotes Marion Calmat: Know what barring people from shops means? Want me to buy you a history-book?
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