La Traversée (The Crossing)

Animation, Drama | France, Germany, Czech Republic | 2021 |
84 min | French (English Subtitles) | For 12 years of age and older
By Florence Miailhe

A small village looted in darkness, a family forced to flee... The two oldest children, Kyona and Adriel are quickly separated from their parents facing the road of exile alone. They embark on a heroic journey which takes them from childhood to adolescence in search of shelter, peace and the hope of finding refuge and their family. Crossing a continent torn apart by war and migrant persecution, these courageous siblings survive incredible challenges, before reaching a new world, free at last.

Film Reviews

Fabulously creative with her painterly approach to animation, Florence Miailhe signs a very successful film for all audiences about the poignant story of two young migrants.



This stakes its place in cinema history as the first feature to be realised using the time-worn animation technique of oil paint of glass. This technique makes the film analogous to watching a moving oil painting, but director Miailhe marshalls her serial images with a strong sense of narrative and additional filmic technique which hold the whole together. (…)

This magnificent piece of work holds the attention from start to finish, pushes the boundaries of what’s technically possible in an animated feature tells a rattling good yarn and addresses deep seated social and political issues into the bargain.

Jeremy C. Processing


Torino Film Festival (Italy, 2021)

French Film Varilux Panorama in Brazil (2021)

Berlin French Film Week (2021)

French Film Festival in the Czech Republic (2021)

Animation Is Film Festival (United States, 2021)

BIAF (South Korea, 2021)

El Gouna Film Festival (Egypt, 2021)

Anim'Est (Romania, 2021)

Warsaw Film Festival (Poland, 2021)

BFI London Film Festival (2021)

Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (2021)

Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico, 2021)

Animatou (Switzerland, 2021)

San Sebastian International Film Festival (SSIFF) (Spain, 2021)

Annecy International Animation Film Festival (France, 2021)