Every day teenagers who have fled their war-torn countries try to cross Europe’s borders in search of protection and a better life. They travel through a shadow world of minefields, bears, fast-flowing rivers, smugglers and border guards, desperately trying to win what they call ‘The Game’. Now that fences have gone up all over Europe, seeking asylum has become almost impossible. Reaching their final destination has become more difficult than ever. Risking their lives, the teenagers undertake a treacherous journey that often takes months or even years. Along the way, they grow up fast.
Dir. Eefje Blankevoort & Els van Driel - 91min - 2021 - Netherlands
"illegal immigration is disconcertingly rebranded as a kind of Hunger/Squid Games-esque challenge by the teenage boys shown here trying to gatecrash Fortress Europe" - The Guardian
"a necessary, socially charged jolt...these teenage boys provide the ideal vehicle for facing an ongoing crisis with fresh eyes." - We Love Cinema