Champagne Brunch and Film – “Welcome”

When: July 22, 2014

From: 11:30 AM - 02:30 PM

Champagne Brunch and Film: Welcome

Welcome movie posterLocation: SF Council on International Relations – NEW LOCATION!  413 Grant Avenue, Suite D

Cost:  $20 includes champagne brunch (provided by Clafoutis) and film

Space is limited, a confirmed reservation will be required to attend.  Please reserve by Thursday, July 17.

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THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.  IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED IN ATTENDING, YOU MAY CALL THE CIR OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 982-4931.

Back by Popular Demand! –

The multi award-winning new film from writer/director Philippe Lioret, WELCOME is a compassionate and inspiring drama about the hope of new beginnings and the power of true love, centred on two couples contending with issues of separation and dislocation.

17-year-old Bilal has spent the last three months travelling illegally across Europe, in an attempt to reunite with his girlfriend Mina who has moved with her family to England. The long journey is almost over when he finally reaches Calais, on the far northern coast of France; he can literally see his destination from across the Channel. But with all legal options exhausted, Bilal resolves that his only option is to learn to swim, and make the dangerous crossing himself.

Bilal seeks the help of middle-aged swimming instructor Simon (Vincent Lindon), who is privately reeling from impending divorce from his socially-conscious wife Marion. In an effort to win her back, Simon impulsively – and uncharacteristically – risks everything by taking Bilal under his wing.

A huge critical and box office success in its native France, this profoundly moving masterwork was awarded the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, named Best Film at the 2010 Lumiere Awards, and received an astonishing ten Cesar nominations including Best Film and Director.

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Clafoutis is the next best thing to being in Paris!  The owner/chef, Philippe Ligier, is a classically trained baker who creates luscious pastries, breads, crepes, sandwiches, soups and quiches that are simply wonderful. This little slice of the French countryside in Santa Fe is your best source for classic French bistro fare.