The Crossing

Florence Miailhe
France, Germany, Czech Republic · 2021 · 84 min
French with English Subtitles

Forced to flee their small village, when sister and brother Kyona and Adriel are separated from their parents, they must make their way across an unkind world in the hope of being reunited. Mixing elements of fairy tale and fable with upsettingly realistic depictions of the contemporary migrant experience, the “crossing” of the title refers not just to the war-torn continent but the journey from adolescence to adulthood for its young heroes. Florence Miailhe’s feature animation debut (achieved by painting its images onto glass) is a visual and emotional wonder to behold and one of the highlights of this year’s program. (ANIMATION IS FILM)

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  • Florence Miailhe

    Born in 1956, Florence graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Arts D coratifs with a specialization in engraving. She began her professional career as a layout artist for the press and exhibited drawings and engravings. In 1991, she directed her first short film Hammam. Since then, she has imposed a very personal style on animated […]
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