To the North

Based on a true story. 1996, open sea. During his shift on a transatlantic ship's deck, Joel, a religious Filipino sailor, discovers Dumitru, a Romanian stowaway hidden between some containers. If he is spotted by the Taiwanese officers running the vessel, Dumitru is at risk to be thrown overboard.

Spre nord
Romania, France, Greece, Bulgaria, Czechia 2022
  • Czech
123 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 12. 2028 in these territories: Czechia.

Dumitru dreams of traveling far beyond the horizon, to the America of his dreams, so he and a friend stow away on a trans-oceanic freighter. Dumitru is quickly discovered by the Filipino sailor Joel, who is thus faced with a difficult decision. The uncompromising Taiwanese officers do not tolerate stowaways, but Joel’s steadfast religious beliefs tell him to help those in need… With this ambitious debut inspired by true events from 1996, Romanian director Mihai Mincan has produced a hypnotic thriller about the strength of faith, morality, and fearing for one’s life. The film premiered in the Orizzonti section at Venice Film Festival.

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Director: Mihai Mincan
Screenplay: Mihai Mincan
Cinematography: George Chiper-Lillemark
Music: Marius Leftärache, Alessandro Cortini
Sound: Nicolas Becker, Cyril Holtz
Editing: Dragos Apetri
Production Design: Iulia Negoescu
Producer: Radu Stancu, Poli Angelova, Cyriac Auriol, Ioana Lascar, Mikuláš Novotný, Konstantinos Vassilaros
Costumes: Iulia Negoescu
Cast: Soliman Cruz, Nikolai Becker, Bartholome Guingona, Emmanuel Sto. Domingo, Olivier Ho Hio Hen, Alexandre Nguyen, Dimitar Vasilev, Olivier Chen
  • This film is available until 31. 12. 2028 in these territories: Czechia.