EN - Welcome Home portrays three intense moments in the life of Lila. Returning home from a long journey, Lila encounters an Iranian visiting Brussels for the first time in 40 years. Next, she violently breaks up with her boyfriend. During a final encounter, she has a brutal clash with a group of young Eurocrats.

NL - Welcome Home registreert drie intense ogenblikken in het leven van Lila. Zij vormt de rode draad tussen drie mannen die ze op kantelmomenten in haar bestaan tegenkomt. Terugkerend van een lange reis ontmoet ze een Iraniër die voor het eerst in 40 jaar Brussel opnieuw bezoekt. Het volgende moment maakt ze het uit met haar vriend. En vervolgens beleeft ze een brutale confrontatie met een groep jonge Eurocraten.

FR - Welcome Home met en scène trois moments intenses de la vie de Lila. Elle est la menace commune pour trois hommes qu’elle rencontrera à des moments significatifs de son existence.

Revenant à la maison après un long voyage, Lila rencontre un Iranien visitant Bruxelles pour la première fois depuis 40 ans. L’instant suivant elle rompt violement avec son petit ami. Au cours d’une dernière rencontre elle a un accident brutal avec un groupe de jeunes eurocrates.


Title Welcome Home
Original title Welcome Home
Original language French, English, Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre drama
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-09-01


Cast Manah Depauw, Kurt Vandendriessche, Nader Farman, Felipe Mafasoli
Photography Frédéric Noirhomme
Editing David Verdurme
Sound Jean-Luc Audy, Julie Brenta, Benoit Biral
Art director Estelle Rullier
Costume Géraldine Miesse
Music Peter Lenaerts

Technical specs

Running time film 73'
Release format DCP
Sound format Dolby SRD
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF), CFWB
Production partners La Parti


2013: Cinequest International Film Festival - Selection New Visions (US)

2012: Venice International Film Festival - Settimana della Critica (IT), Montreal World Film Festival - First Films World Competition (CAN), Ghent International Film Festival - Official selection (BE)

Welcome Home and Little Black Spiders Flemish eye-catchers in Montreal

Tom Heene’s Welcome Home, which only recently received an invitation to Venice, and Patrice Toye’s Little Black Spiders are the Flemish eye-catchers at the 36th World Film Festival in Montreal (23 August-3 September). Heene’s debut feature will be screening in the First Films World Competition, while Toye’s film will be celebrating its world premiere in the prestigious Focus on World Cinema section. In total, no less than 10 Flemish (co)productions were confirmed for the Canadian fest’s line-up.

tom heene welcome homeWith selections for both Montreal and the International Critics’ Week in Venice, filmmaker Tom Heene has pulled off an impressive feat. In Montreal’s First Films World CompetitionWelcome Home is in the running for one of three Zenith Awards. Producer of Welcome Home is Tomas Leyers for Minds Meet. The Brussels-based production company even has a second film screening in Montreal: minority co-production The World Belongs to Us by director Stephan Streker was confirmed for the Focus on World Cinema programme.

Published on Wednesday 8 August 2012

Venice: Fifth Season, Welcome Home and three co-prods

Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth's The Fifth Season and Tom Heene's feature debut Welcome Home are invited in Official Competition and the Venice International Critics' Week respectively. But there's even more to discover: this year's Venice line-up also includes three co-productions with Flanders: the Venice Days opener Pinocchio, Venice Days selected Kinshasa Kids and Tango libre in Orizzonti.

Still from Brosens & Woodworth's The Fifth SeasonThe Fifth Season is a haunting tale. A mysterious calamity strikes: spring refuses to come. The cycle of nature is capsized. Alice, Thomas and Octave, three kids in a village deep in the Ardennes forest, struggle to make sense of the world that is collapsing around them.

Published on Tuesday 31 July 2012

Venice Critics' Week selects Welcome Home

Tom Heene’s directorial debut Welcome Home is among the seven features to be presented as part of this year’s 27th Venice International Critics' Week (29 August-8 September). The film shows three intense moments in the life of Lila, who is the common thread between three men she will meet during significant instants of her existence.

Welcome HomeDescribing himself as an ‘audiovisual creator’, Tom Heene was production manager on films such as Pulsar and The Five Obstructions, while also creating audiovisual sound and image installations such as DarkMatrWelcome Home stars Manah Depauw, Kurt Vandendriessche, Felipe Mafasoli and Nader Farman.

Published on Monday 23 July 2012

Brussels Revisited

Welcome HomeTom Heene’s debut feature, began as three interlinked short films, 3 X Lila. The project is set in Brussels, the city where the director is based. At night, a car carrying some spoiled young ‘eurocrats’ to a party, crashes into a bicyclist. She is badly hurt. This is Lila, a young woman recently returned to Belgium from travels abroad. Fiercely independent, she is in the process of splitting up with her boyfriend Benjamin, even if she is still as physically attracted to him as ever. We see her arriving at the airport in Brussels and accompanying an Iranian man in the bus to the city centre. He hasn’t been in the city for years and is bewildered by how it has changed, with its new array of skyscrapers and glass-fronted office blocks.

Text : Geoffrey Macnab ; Portrait : Bart Dewaele

Tom HeeneThe basis was seeing Brussels as a map of trajectories that cross each other,’ Heene says of the Short Cuts-style structure of Welcome Home. 'I’ve lived 20 years in Brussels. People leave and people come back… the film is close to how I feel about this town.’ If Welcome Home is a love letter to Brussels, it is a very barbed one. The city is in a constant state of flux. This is underlined by the different languages used by the people in the film (English, Dutch, French) by the coming and going of the characters and by the transformations in the buildings. The Iranian man, revisiting Brussels after so long away, tells Lila that the architect who has built all these impersonal, modernist structures should be ‘whipped’.

Published on Thursday 28 July 2011

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Director Tom Heene
Producers Tomas Leyers
Writers Tom Heene

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