Lioret film wins $131,000 for subtitling, prints

BRUSSELS — “Welcome” by French helmer Philippe Lioret has won the European Parliament’s Lux film prize.

Pic tells the story of a young Kurdish refugee stranded in the French port of Calais who hatches a crazy plan to swim the English Channel and find the girl he loves in Britain. Vincent Lindon stars as a swimming teacher who befriends him.

Voted by the 736 members of the Parliament, the €87,000 ($131,000) prize pays for subtitling in the 23 official languages of the European Union, plus production of a 35mm print for each of the 27 EU countries, or a contribution to the DVD release.

Aim is to help break down language barriers that hinder film circulation in Europe and raise awareness of social issues.

Also on the shortlist were “Sturm” by German helmer Hans-Christian Schmid and Kamen Kalev’s “Eastern Plays” from Bulgaria.

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