DOK Leipzig Film Festival

On the Water

On the Water

Rivers may be simple geographical entities. But beyond that they are eloquent micro-milieus where history and stories have accumulated. The rivers Save, Kupa and Odra flow through the centre of the Croatian industrial town of Sisak. They were and are the lifelines of the city and the region. The rivers may appear like pastoral havens today, but the countless narratives of the past emerge more openly there than anywhere else.

Most of the river dwellers’ and users’ lives around which Goran Dević structures his film are linked to the events of the Yugoslavian civil war and its ethnic and social conflicts. Even though it was more than two and a half decades ago, this historic period seems like a parallel reality which throws its shadows over the protagonists like a permanent trauma. “On the Water” is a poetic and political study about the changeability and constancy of people and spaces in which the dividing line between the two is permanently blurred.

Ralph Eue

Honorable Mention in the International Competition Long Film

Original Title: Na vodi
Country: Croatia
Year: 2018
Language: Croatian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 79 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Goran Dević
Producer: Hrvoje Osvadić
Cinematographer: Damian Nenadić
Editor: Jan Klemsche, Vanja Siruček
Sound: Martin Semenčić
Script: Goran Dević

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.