Brief synopsis

Bilal, a 17-year-old Kurdish youth, has traveled through the Middle East and Europe to join his girlfriend, who has recently emigrated to England with her family. But his journey comes to an abrupt end when he is stopped on the French side of the Channel.
Having decided to swim across, Bilal goes to the local swimming pool to train. There he meets Simon, a swimming instructor in the midst of a divorce. To impress his wife and win back her heart, Simon decides to risk everything by taking Bilal under his wing.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Vincent LindonSimon [L]
Firat AyverdiBilal [L]
Audrey DanaMarion [L]
Murat Subasi [SR]Tamer Arslan
Selim AkgulZoran [SR]Samir Fuchs
Derya AyverdiMina [SR]
Thierry GodardBruno [SR]
Diverse [SR]Arno Mo Abd el Kader Lüning


Director of photographyLaurent Dailland
Camera operatorGilbert Lecluyse 'Berto'
Still photographerGuy Ferrandis
Casting directorTatiana Vialle
Costume designerFanny Drouin
DirectorPhilippe Lioret
Script supervisorBéatrice Pollet
EditorAndréa Sedlackova
GafferJean-Baptiste Perrin
ProducerChristophe Rossignon
Associate producerPhilip Boëffard
Assistant to producerMélanie Thomas
Production designerYves Brover-Rabinovici
Assistant production designerFrançois Charrier
Prop masterThierry Rouxel
Prop masterFranck Congi
Standby propsLionel Callari
Line producerÈve François-Machuel
Unit production managerOlivier Hélie
Unit managerJulie Belthoise
ScreenwriterEmmanuel Courcol
ScreenwriterOlivier Adam
ScreenwriterPhilippe Lioret
Script translatorTanja FrankDialoge (FR/EN>DE)

Production companies

Nord-Ouest Films [fr]
France 3 Cinéma [fr]co-production
Orange Studio [fr]co-production

Distributing companies

Arsenal Filmverleih [de]Deutschland
Mars Films [fr]France
Playtime (formerly Films distribution) [fr]World Sales


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 04/02/2010