directed by
Olivier Masset-Depasse


Olivier Masset-Depasse


Olga Zhdanova

Technical data

Year: 2010
Language: French
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 95 min
Producers: Versus Production (BE)
Nicolas Steil - Iris Productions
Dharamsala (F)
Distribution: Films Distribution

Awards and festivals

MAGRITTE Best Actress and MAGRITTE Best Supporting Actress

Winner of the SACD Prize at the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival - France - 2010

Valois d'Or for Best Film at the Francophone Film Festival in Angoulême - France - 2010

Grand Prize at the 23rd “Der Neue Heimat Film” - Austria - 2010

Bayard d'Or for Best Actress for Anne Coesens at the Namur International Francophone Film Festival - Belgium - 2010

Best Director Award and Special Mention for Anne Coesens at the Warsaw Film Festival - Poland - 2010

“Heinrich” Audience Award (Braunschweig International Film Festival - Germany - 2010

Jury Prize and High School Students Prize (Meetings of Francophone Cinema in Beaujolais) - 2010

Palm Springs Festival - FIPRESCI Award for Best Actress

Filmpräis Luxembourg: Prize for the best co-production

OSCAR 2011 - Nomination Best foreign language film

CÉSAR 2011 - Nomination Best foreign film Cannes Film Festival - 2010 - France

BFI Festival International de Londres - United Kingdom

In Official Selection at the Taipei International Festival - Taiwan

In Official Selection at the Gothenburg International Festival - Germany

In Official Competition at the Palic European Festival - Serbia - 2010

In International Competition at the Munich International Festival - Germany - 2010

Finalist for the Lux Prize of the European Parliament - 2010

Presented at Venice Days, Festival de Venise - Italy -2010

Jerusalem Film Festival - Israel

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - Brazil

Pusan ​​International Film Festival - South Korea

Carthage Film Festival - Tunisia

Washington European Film Festival - United States

Film Festival Muces - Spain

French Film Festival Edimburgh - United Kingdom

Festival on Wheels Ankara - Turkey

Gindou Film Festival - 2010 - France

Warsaw Film Festival - 2010 - Poland

Palm Springs International Film Festival - 2011 - United States

Stockholm Filmfestival Junior - 2011 - Sweden

Refugee Film Festival - 2011 - Japan

Namur International Film Festival - 2010 - Belgium

Movies That Matter Film Festival - 2011 - Netherlands

London Human Rights Film Festival - 2011 - United Kingdom


Tania Zimina (39 years old), a woman with russian origins and her son Ivan (13 years old) arrived in Belgium eight years ago and have been living illegally since. They very quickly became integrated, but are still paperless. One day, after school, on their way home, Tania and Ivan are controlled by an immigration officer.