Film Info: Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Welcome Home
Scene from "Welcome Home" (photo © Colonia Media/H. Dunzendorfer)

Another one of those stories that we hear about everyday: after a dramatic chase along the Austrian border, illegal refugees are found and captured. And then we never hear of them again. The problem seems to be solved: arrest and deportation. But this time, everything is different: the story is continued in Ghana, where everything is suddenly turned upside down.

Isaac is a 25-year-old black man and an illegal alien in Austria. He assimilates however well into his new home, becomes the star of the local football team and finds an Austrian girlfriend. One day, simply by chance, the police discover that Isaac’s British passport is forged. They assume that Isaac is from Ghana and send him to be deported.

Two Austrian police officers, Roesler and Samhaber, accompany Isaac to Ghana, but upon arrival the Ghanese immigration officials do not buy the validity of his papers. They accuse the Austrian officers of forging documents and confiscate their passports, not allowing them to leave the country until the case has been cleared. But since Roesler and Samhaber were not prepared for an extended stay, they have nothing: no clothes, no money, and no passports. All of a sudden, the tables are turned and now they have to see how they can make ends meet until the Austrian embassy opens again... on Monday morning.


Andreas Gruber born in 1954 in Wels/Austria. He is best known for THE QUALITY OF MERCY (1994), which won a special Jury Award in San Sebastian and was the most successful Austrian film at the box office in 1994. A selection of his other award-winning films includes: DEBT OF LOVE (1997), WELCOME HOME (2004), and HANNA’S SLEEPING DOGS (2016), all of which were invited to numerous film festivals across the globe. He is currently a professor at the University of Television and Film (HFF) Munich, where he teaches directing, scripting and production.
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Andreas Gruber
Screenplay Martin Rauhaus, Andreas Gruber
Cinematography Hermann Dunzendorfer
Guido Krajewski
Peter Androsch, Hons & Handler
Bertram Reiter
Cast Georg Friedrich, Rainer Egger, Abdul Salis, Johannes Silberschneider, Abdi Gouhad, Jeanette Hain, Nina Blum
Producers Veit Heiduschka, Frank Döhmann
Production Company Wega Film/Vienna, in co-production with Colonia Media Filmproduktion/Cologne
Length 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Hof 2004
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MEDIA, Oesterreichisches Filminstitut, Cine Culture Carinthia, Filmfonds Wien, Kulturland Oberoesterreich

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