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1h 49m 2009

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Seventeen-year-old Bilal comes from Iraq. He left his homeland shortly after his girlfriend emigrated to England and is now in the midst of a journey across Europe in order to see her again. However, his journey has now come to an abrupt end on the northern coast of France. Between Bilal and his gir

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Also Known As
Bem-Vindo
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2009
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1h 49m

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Bilal comes from Iraq. He left his homeland shortly after his girlfriend emigrated to England and is now in the midst of a journey across Europe in order to see her again. However, his journey has now come to an abrupt end on the northern coast of France. Between Bilal and his girlfriend Mina lies the wintry English Channel. He is stranded in Calais due to the weather--a stretch of water measuring 32 kilometres separates him from the nearest English town. His only option to cross the Channel during this season is to swim. In a flash, the boy heads for the local swimming pool to begin training. It is there that he meets lifeguard Simon who teaches Bilal how to crawl.

Film Details

Also Known As
Bem-Vindo
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2009
Distribution Company
Film Movement

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m

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Winner of the 2nd Place Panorama Audience Award, the Ecumenical Jury Panorama Prize and co-winner of the Label Europa Cinemas Prize at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.

Released in United States Spring May 7, 2010

Released in United States 2009

Released in United States February 2009

Released in United States July 2009

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 21-June 14, 2009.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama Special) February 5-15, 2009.

Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Horizons) July 3-11, 2009.

Released in United States Spring May 7, 2010 (NYC)

Released in United States 2009 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 21-June 14, 2009.)

Released in United States February 2009 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama Special) February 5-15, 2009.)

Released in United States July 2009 (Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Horizons) July 3-11, 2009.)