- Directed by Philippe Lioret, 2009
With Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdy, Derya Ayverdi
(France, French, English, Turkish, Kurdish, with English subtitles)
- Tuesday 2 June - 7:00 pm - Conference Hall
Bilal (Firat Ayverdy) 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 girlfriend Mina (Derya Ayverdi) 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... Simon Calmat (Vincent Lindon), a French swimming coach who is divorcing his wife Marion (Audrey Dana), will try to help
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 drama highlights the plight of illegal immigrants living in Calais, France, and their plans to reach the United Kingdom. With wonderful performances by the actors, it is a strong story which uses documentary austerity and minimalist style to create a great emotional impact.