Welcome to Marwen is a 2018 American drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis, who co-wrote the script with Caroline Thompson. It is inspired by Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary Marwencol. The film stars Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monáe, Eiza González, Gwendoline Christie, Leslie Zemeckis, Siobhan Williams, and Neil Jackson, and follows the true story of Mark Hogancamp, a man struggling with PTSD who, after being physically assaulted, creates a fictional village to ease his trauma.
Welcome to Marwen was released in the United States by Universal Pictures on December 21, 2018. It received mixed reviews from critics due to its inconsistent tone and screenplay, although the visuals (particularly the motion-capture animated segments), story, and performances received some praise. The film grossed $13 million worldwide on a budget as high as $50 million, becoming a major box-office disappointment.
When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town named Marwen where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation — a testament to the most powerful woman he knows — through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one.