King of the Cruise

  • Sophie Dros
  • Netherlands
  • 2019
  • 74 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

The wealthy Baron Ronald Busch Reisinger is a striking and popular guest on a luxury cruise ship. He tells the most fantastic stories about his life to his fellow passengers, who hang on his every word, but sometimes have no idea what to make of this portly figure—or so it seems. Ronnie is apparently not only a Scottish baron, but also the king of a piece of land in Africa.

The camera follows him during his vacation on board. Beautiful images of vast cruise ships slowly sailing by, the endless sea, the luxury accommodations, the ever-present staff and entertainment provide a picture of life aboard the ship, accompanied by a score reminiscent of TV series like The Love Boat. Nevertheless, it gradually becomes clear that behind this facade of decadence, there is a great deal of emptiness. In an interview in his cabin, Baron Ronnie reveals more and more of the other, lonelier side of his existence.


  • 74 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English, Russian, French, Filipino, Norwegian
  • Subtitles in: English
Sophie Dros
Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen / HALAL Docs, Gijs Kerbosch / HALAL Docs, Roel Oude Nijhuis / HALAL Docs, Gijs Determeijer / HALAL Docs
Boas van Milligen Bielke
Erik ten Brinke
Job Wouter Michel

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World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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