The siblings Kyona and Adriel live in a small village. One night, the village is attacked and the family is forced to flee. When Kyona and Adriel are separated from their parents during a train inspection, they have to continue their way alone. Thus begins a long journey. The two make new friends, but the war and their own history always catches up with them. Gradually they grow up. Will they be able to see their family again and find a new home in a foreign land?
Inspired by her great-grandparents' flight from Odessa, the French animation artist Florence Miailhe worked for more than 10 years on The Crossing. After initial sketches, she painted the complete film on a cash register roll, before defining each scene. In intensive detail, the international animation team painted the film frame by frame. From around 120,000 individual images on a three-storey glass table, the world's first full-length animated feature film using this elaborate oil-on-glass technique was created.
Sinema Transtopia is showing the film in conjunction with the Anima-Doc workshop In the Realm of Animated Documentary by Akile Nazli Kaya and Tomáš Doruška.