Illegal

Directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse
Film Movement
2010
95 Minutes
Belgium, Luxembourg, France
French, Russian
Thriller, Drama
Not Rated
DVD
$14.95 Members
$24.95 Non-Members

Tania is a former teacher from Russia, living illegally in Belgium with her son, Ivan. One day she is stopped for a routine check by the police and is arrested. Separated from Ivan, who manages to escape, she is placed in an immigration detention center for women and children. While utterly refusing to face expulsion, Tania thus begins a fight to preserve her dignity, identity and humanity, as well as find her son.

DVD Features

Bonus short: Rita, directed by Fabio Grassadonia

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

Club Features

Bonus short: Rita, directed by Fabio Grassadonia

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "[A] fascinating study of perseverance in the face of subhuman treatment."
    Boyd Van Hoeij, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "A wonderful and important film! One of the most powerful and immediate films about illegal immigrants (from any country) to yet hit New York screens."
    James Van Maanen, Trust Movies
  • Highest Rating
    "A heroic central performance! The sincerity of the movie can't be denied."
    Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

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Awards & Recognition

Winner
SACD Prize
Cannes Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight)
Official Selection
BFI London Film Festival
Nominated
LUX Prize of the European Parliament
Official Selection
Pusan Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection
Venice Film Festival
Official Selection
AFI EU Film Festival
Official Selection
Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection
Portland Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection
Boulder Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection
Focus on French Cinema
Official Selection
Cleveland Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection
Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival
Official Selection
Berkshire Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection
Seattle Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection
Florida Film Festival

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