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Jacqueline van Vugt starts filming her debut feature, Crossing, in Croatia

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- The Dutch director's multi-character drama takes place on a ferry between Morocco and Spain, in a co-production between Revolver Amsterdam, A Private View and Nukleus Film

Jacqueline van Vugt starts filming her debut feature, Crossing, in Croatia
Director Jacqueline van Vugt

Principal photography on the debut fiction feature by Dutch writer-director Jacqueline van Vugt, Crossing, started last week in Pula, Croatia, and will continue on location in Rijeka, Zadar and Zagreb. Van Vugt is best known internationally for her 2013 Krakow winner Borders.

The multi-character drama consists of three stories that intertwine in real time during a ferry-boat crossing from Morocco to Spain. Desperate in their fear of loss, the protagonists struggle to find a way to reach each other, but their powerlessness leaves room for the inevitable.

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The co-production between Revolver Amsterdam, Belgium's A Private View and Croatia's Nukleus Film stars Dutch actors Hadewych Minis (A Perfectly Normal Family [+see also:
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) and Gijs Naber (The Story of My Wife, My Foolish Heart [+see also:
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Most heads of departments are seasoned Dutch and Croatian professionals, including DoP Gregor Meerman (My Rembrandt [+see also:
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), production manager Nikolina Koceić (Goltzius and the Pelican Company [+see also:
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), production designer Kurt Rigolle (The Broken Circle Breakdown [+see also:
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), make-up designer Ana Bulajić Ćrček (The Constitution [+see also:
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) and costume designer Zorana Meić (My Grandpa Is an Alien [+see also:
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“The film is set in Morocco and Spain, but the filming will be done in Croatia, which is challenging in itself. Still, the experienced and well-prepared crew we will be working with in Croatia will make it that much easier,” says producer Germen Boelens,of Revolver Amsterdam.

Nukleus Film's Siniša Juričić adds: "The filming is very challenging. The crew gets tested every two days; the director remains in her so-called ‘bubble’ along with only a handful of other people… We have made a great effort in terms of security, with the Netherlands Film Fund having provided financial support in that regard. I should also point out that the Croatian Audiovisual Centre was very helpful in providing assistance with bringing our actress over from Morocco, which is currently a country without a visa or diplomatic system."

Crossing was supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, and has accessed tax-incentive schemes in all three countries.

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