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Arts / Entertainment

French Film Night Oct. 6

October 5, 2010

The French flick 'Welcome' won Best Screenplay in the Gijon International Film Festival and Grand Prize for Dramatic Feature in the Heartland Film Festival. The film was nominated for 10 other awards. Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 6. at 7 p.m. for the French Film Night's showing of 'Welcome.'

Wednesday, Oct. 6
7 p.m.
Eddy Building
Room 212

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is pleased to present French Film Night on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m in Eddy, Room 212. The film is free and open to the public. 

Welcome, in French and some English, English subtitles, 2009, is one hour, 49 minutes, and in color.

Film synopsis

Bilal (Firat Ayverdi), a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee, has spent the last three months of his life travelling across Europe in an attempt to reunite with his girlfriend who recently emigrated to England. The journey has been difficult. Not content with merely looking upon the country which he desires to call his home, Bilal devises a plan to swim across the bitterly cold waters of the Channel, and heads to the local swimming pool to commence his training.

It is here where he crosses paths with Simon (Vincent Lindon), a middle-aged swimming instructor with a dejected spirit, who is privately reeling in turmoil as he dreads an imminent divorce from his wife (Audrey Dana).

Despite their differing ages, the two men discover that they have much in common, and their friendship develops into a strong bond that will prove necessary for both men to realize their dreams for a happy future.

A huge box office success in its native France, writer-director Philippe Lioret (Don't Worry, I'm Fine) has created an absorbing story that speaks not only of the controversial social issues (illegal immigration) of the day, but of the very nature of the human spirit.

~ Internet Movie Database

Winner of eight international film awards

  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlin Film Festival
  • Best Screenplay, Gijon International Film Festival
  • Grand Prize for Dramatic Feature, Heartland Film Festival
  • Nominated for 10 other awards

Contact: Lynne Barnes
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