EN - Tania is a young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium with her 13-year-old son Ivan. Despite being constantly on her guard, she is nonetheless arrested and mother and son are separated with the threat of deportation hanging over them.

FR - Tania est une jeune femme Russe qui vit illégalement en Belgique avec Ivan, son fils de 13 ans. Constamment sur ses gardes, elle redoute les contrôles de police, jusqu’au jour où elle est arrêtée. La mère et son fils sont séparés et Tania est placée dans un centre de détention. Elle va mettre tout en œuvre pour être à nouveau avec son fils, mais n’arrivera pas à éviter la menace de d'expulsion.


Title Illegal
Original title Illégal
Original language French, Russian
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2010


Cast Anne Coessens, Esse Lawson, Gabriela Perez, Christelle Cornil
Photography Tommaso Fiorilli
Editing Damien Keyeux
Music Lingo -André Dziezuk & Marc Mergen

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format 35mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF),Communauté française, Wallimages, RTBF, Tax Shelter, Fonds Luxembourg,Media


2010: Palm Springs International Film Festival (US); Göteborg International Film Festival (SE); International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL); Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival (CA); London Human Rigths Watch Film Festival (UK); Istanbul International Film Festival (TR); Festival de Cannes (FR); Filmfest München (DE); Jerusalem International Film Festival (IL); European Film Festival Palić (RS); Der Neue Heimatfilm Festival (DE); Festival du cinéma francophone d'Angoulême (FR); Toronto International Film Festival (CA); Festival du Film Français d’Helvétie (CH); Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (BR); Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (BE); Busan International Film Festival (KR); Warsaw International Film Festival (PL); BFI London Film Festival (UK); Carthage Film Festival (TN); Dresden Move it Festival (DE); Washington European Film Festival (US); Montréal Cinémania French Film Festival (CA ); Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (TW); Braunschweig International Film Festival (DE); City of Segovia Festival of European Cinema (ES); French Film Festival Dublin (IE); Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (EE); Friends of Film's Pacific Palisades Film Festival (US); Festival on Wheels (TR); Be Film Festival - Fête du cinéma Belge (BE); Ll’Institut français de Rabat (MA)


2010: Prix du Meilleur Film Francophone (hors de France) - Les Prix Lumières TV5Monde; FIPRESCI Award for Best Actress (Anne Coessens) - Palm Springs International Film Festival (US); Magritte de la Meilleure Actrice (Anne Coesens), Magritte de la Meilleure Actrice dans un second rôle (Christelle Cornil) - Magritte du Cinéma (BE); Prix SACD - Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (FR); Valois d’Or - Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulème (FR); Bayard d’Or de la Meilleure Comédienne (Anne Coesens) - Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (BE); Prix Heinrich du Public - Braunschweig International Film Festival (DE); Golden Bull Award - Festival on Wheels d’Ankara (TR); Best Director, Mention Spéciale (Anne Coesens) - Festival du Film de Varsovie (PL); Best Feature Film - Der Neue Heimatfilm Festival (DE); Prix du Jury, Prix des Lycéens - Rencontres du Cinéma francophone en Beaujolais (FR); LUX Prize Finalist - European Parliament LUX Prizes (EU)

Flanders foursome selected for Festroia’s competition

Four Flemish features have been selected for competition at the 29th Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Brasserie RomantiqueThe Broken Circle BreakdownOffline and Time of My Life are all in the running to take home some prizes. This year, the festival has also organised a focus on Belgium and pays homage to Flemish actor Jan Decleir.

Madly in LoveBoth Joel Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique and Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown screen as part of the fest’s official competition. Peter Monsaert’s directorial debut Offline is selected for the competitive First Works section, while Nic Baltazar is competing in the Man and His Environment category with Time of My Life.

Published on Wednesday 29 May 2013

Mr. Nobody picks up six Magrittes

Jaco Van Dormael’s epic Mr. Nobody was top of the heap at the inaugural edition of the Magritte du Cinéma, the French-speaking Belgian film awards. The film received awards in six categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Photography, Best Editing and Best Original Score.

Mr. NobodyBest Acting awards went to Anne Coesens for her role in Illegal and Jonathan Zaccaï for Elève libre. Christelle Cornil (Elève libre) and Jan Decleir (The Barons) grabbed the Best Supporting acting awards. Best newcomers were Pauline Etienne (Elève libre) and Joffrey Verbruggen (La regatta).

Published on Monday 7 February 2011

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