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Original name: Crossing
English name: Crossing
Year: 2023
Run time: 108 Min
Language: Dutch, English, Arabic, French, Spanish
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Belgium, Croatia, Netherlands
Director: Jacqueline van Vugt
Producers: Germen Boelens, Raymond van der Kaaij
cast: Hadewych Minis, Gijs Naber, Koen Ruitenbeek, Mus Nelson, Karim Saïda, Ahlaam Teghadouini, Marco Caceres, Soumaya Akaaboune, Antonio Estrada, Carmen Baquero
Screenplay: Jacqueline van Vugt
Cinematographer: Gregor Meerman
Editor: Gert van Berckelaer
Sound Designer: Bram Meindersma, Selle Sellink
Music Composer: Dag Taeldeman
Production Company: Revolver Amsterdam
World Sales: Fortissimo Films


  • Nederlands FF 2023
  • Warsaw IFF 2023
  • Seville European FF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2021 Up to G Cup (Documentary)
  • 2018 Refuge (Documentary)
  • 2013 Borders (Documentary)
  • 2003 Toda Una Vida (Documentary)
  • 2001 Tomorrow (Short)
  • 2000 Two Loves (Documentary)

Director's Biography:

Jacqueline van Vugt

Jacqueline van Vugt studied at the Dutch Film and Television Academy. She graduated as Director of Photography. In 1995 Jacqueline directed and produced her first independent documentary KPL 70-11-12-078 on Dutch soldiers in Bosnia-Herzegovina. For Two Loves (2001), on poet Bosie, boyfriend of Oscar Wilde, she won a Dutch Academy Award. Her short fiction, Tomorrow, won Best Short at the Mannheim-Heidelberg FF. Her documentary Borders was produced by PVH-film, directed and filmed by Jacqueline herself, has won several awards including FIPRESCI Award 2014. Her documentary, Up to G-Cup (2021), has won the Dutch Film critics Award. Crossing is Jacqueline van Vugt’s first fiction feature.


During the ferry crossing from Morocco to Spain, three storylines intertwine, linked to the characters' fear of loss and love for one another. The Moroccan, Spanish and Dutch characters strive to connect to their loved ones, however their helplessness leaves room for the inevitable. Fear of loss shapes their destinies. As the boat docks in Spain, the drama unfolds as the characters come face to face with the consequences of their actions.