A Dutch exploration team sets sail to find the North East passage to the Indies. The weather had other ideas for them.


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Credited cast:
Catharina Plancius
Willem Barentsz
Gerrit de Veer
Petrus Plancius
Teun Kuilboer ...
Pieter Vos
Victor Reinier ...
Jacob van Heemskerck
Juda Goslinga ...
Mads Wittermans ...
Jochum van der Woude ...
Jan Fransz
Bas Keijzer ...
Arend Brandligt ...
Arjan Duine ...
Herman Egberts ...
Donja de Wit ...
Rich lady


This fact based drama chronicles the last journey of Willem Barentsz and Jacob van Heemskerk on their search for a new passage to the Indies. Due to icy waters, they are stranded on the island of Novaya Zemlya and have to spend the winter there. The story is told through the eyes of Gerrit de Veer, an officer on the same voyage, and is loosely based on the famous diary he published in 1598 after his safe return. Written by mahajanssen

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Did You Know?


The replica of the early 18th century Russian Shtandart was used as a stand-in for the 16th century Dutch ship De Windhond. See more »


In the late 16th century Dutch sailing-ships typically had high castle-like sterns. The arched type stern in the movie came into use a century or two later. See more »


Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #7.19 (2011) See more »

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Comes out flat...
1 December 2011 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I think the main problem here is the directing. The director does not have a lot of experience or talent, and it shows in the movie. The 'making of' segments of this movie, and accounts from the actors, paint a picture of a director who pretty much goes berserk the entire time, and has a directing style that consists mainly of yelling and screaming. The result is that all creative input from a talented cast is killed off right away. It is kind of similar to dominant, loud, and demanding parents, which inevitably produce shy and beaten down kids. Bringing out the best in your actors requires a certain amount of trust. If you ever had a boss who is not in control, and hence wants to control each and every second of your life, you know what the result is. The movie quickly becomes a drag, and I had several instances where I just wanted to walk out. I stayed because of Doutzen Kroes...the question is only: what the heck was she doing in that movie ?

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