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Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
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Belgium, 2010, 95 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Luxembourg / France
Topics: Drama, Thriller, Women
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: French English Sub-Titles

Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2010 (Directors Fortnight - SACD Prize)

As in The Albanian (also showing this year), the heartless treatment of illegal immigrants in Western democracies and their fear of deportation is at the core of poignant drama Illegal. Tania, a former French teacher from Russia working as an off-the-books cleaner in Belgium, is stopped for a routine check by the police, then arrested and detained. Her 14-year-old son Ivan manages to escape at her insistence.

Taken to a claustrophobic and rundown immigration detention center for women and children, Tania refuses to give her name. Without a known identity--she's seared her fingertips with an iron to avoid having her prints taken--it is impossible for authorities to legally proceed with an expulsion. But her indeterminate stay in the center is no vacation. Constantly worried about her son, she also has to deal with the frustration of not knowing what her future will be and the increasingly unfriendly behavior of the frustrated authorities. Meanwhile, the brutal treatment of her peers, including a strong-willed African woman who repeatedly disappears and is black-and-blue upon her return, foreshadows the grueling things to come. Winner, SACD Prize, Directors Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival.

Director & Producer to attend 1/14 screening

DIRECTOR: Olivier Masset-Depasse
Producer: Jaque-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart
Editor: Damien Keyeux
Screenwriter: Olivier Masset-Depasse
Cinematographer: Tommaso Fiorilli
Music: Lingo - Andre Dziezuk, Mark Mergen
Principal Cast: Anne Coesens, Esse Lawson, Gabriela Perez, Alexandre Gontcharov, Christelle Cornil, Olga Zhdanova, Tomasz Bialkowski
Filmography: Cages (2006)
Print Source: Film Movement -

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