Philippe Lioret
FRA 2009
110 min

Bilal is 17 and comes from Iraq. He left his native land shortly after his girlfriend emigrated to England and is now in the midst of an adventurous journey across Europe in order to see her again. However, his trek has now come to an abrupt end here on the northern coast of France, and he can go no further. Between him and his girlfriend Mina lies the wintry English Channel, its waves whipped into a frenzy of peaks and troughs by the strong gusts of the north-west wind. Bilal is stranded in Calais. A stretch of water measuring 32 kilometres separates him from the nearest English town. And yet this same Channel, plied by over five hundred ships a day and hence the busiest waterway in the world, can be crossed without the aid of a captain - as many a bold swimmer since 1875 has proved. Could Bilal join their number?

  • Vincent Lindon - Simon
  • Firat Ayverdi - Bilal
  • Audrey Dana - Marion
  • Derya Ayverdi - Mina
  • Thierry Godard - Bruno
  • Selim Akgül - Zoran
  • Philippe Lioret
  • Emmanuel Courcol
  • Olivier Adam
  • Laurent Dailland
  • Pierre Mertens
  • Eric Tisserand
  • Laurent Quaglio
  • Andréa Sedlackova
  • Armand Amar
  • Wojciech Kilar
  • Nicola Piovani
  • Yves Brover
  • Fanny Drouin
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35 mm
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