@ Universal Pictures

This holiday season, Academy Award® winner Robert Zemeckis—the groundbreaking filmmaker behind Forrest GumpFlight and Cast Away—directs Steve Carell in the most original movie of the year.  Welcome to Marwen tells the miraculous true story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.

When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery.  Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic.  As he builds an astonishing art installation—a testament to the most powerful women he knows—through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one.

In a bold, wondrous and timely film from this revolutionary pioneer of contemporary cinema, Welcome to Marwen shows that when your only weapon is your imagination…you’ll find courage in the most unexpected place.

The epic drama is produced by Oscar®-winning producer Steve Starkey (Forrest Gump, Flight), Jack Rapke (Cast Away, Flight), and Cherylanne Martin (The Pacific, Flight) of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner produce alongside the director.  It is executive produced by Jacqueline Levine, as well as Jeff Malmberg, who directed the riveting 2010 documentary that inspired the film.

Filmed in Vancouver, BC, the Welcome to Marwen crew went above and beyond to implement green practices throughout production. Both in the office and on set, there was an extensive recycling program that included composting food waste and recycling textiles. By setting up water stations on set and encouraging crew to bring their own reusable bottles, production avoided using plastic water bottles throughout production, which is impressive and rare on a fast-paced film set.

When building the sets, the Construction team sourced FSC-Certified Lauan to build their walls, ensuring that the plywood was harvested responsibly. After the production wrapped, they donated 13 tons of material for reuse to the Sustainable Lockup. Additional donations included road materials to Riverview Hospital to fill in pot holes, hundreds of toy models to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Squamish, BC, and household goods to Habitat for Humanity ReStoreSalvation ArmyUnion Gospel Mission, and the Downtown Women’s Shelter. In addition to these in-kind donations, the cast and crew took part in the Vancouver Food Bank REEL Thanksgiving Challenge and came in 5th place with their donation of more than $12,000. These practices and more earned Welcome to Marwen a 2018 EMA Gold Seal.