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King of the Cruise

An attention-seeking Scottish Baron gives us a peek into the decadent and bizarre world of a cruise ship

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Boas van Milligen Bielke

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A rich and extravagant Scottish Baron spends his time on outrageous cruise ships amongst romantic couples, wealthy families, hardworking staff and retired elderly. A floating micro-society appealing to some, revolting to others. King of the Cruise follows Baron Ronald Busch Reisinger of Inneryne on one of his many decadent holiday cruises. The Baron leaves a first impression of being a loud man, bragging about his status and extravagant life stories whilst parading his feudal quilt and king’s cape on deck. But at a closer look, this documentary by Sophie Dros explores something bigger; a human desire for recognition and validation.

Sophie’s first feature length documentary for cinema release premiered at IDFA 2019 as part of the official selection. Pre-cinema release December 6 (de Nederlandse Filmnacht). In cinemas across the Netherlands as of December 12th. For more from Sophie, check out her interview in VICE.