The Flood

Documentary mid-lenght / 2010.

DirectorGoran Dević
ScreenplayGoran Dević
CinematographyTamara Cesarec, Jure Černec
EditingVanja Siruček
Sound designDavor Tatić
MusicPavao Miholjević i Neven Jurica Ferina
ProducerHrvoje Osvadić
ProductionPetnaesta umjetnost, CMS – Centar za mirovne studije
DistributionPetnaesta umjetnost


The low-lying areas of Lika, Kosinj and its surrounding villages, are tormented by floods every twenty years or so due to the heavy rains and melting snow. Villages within a couple of kilometers around the River Lika find themselves submerged by water. The entire region becomes a huge lake where the only mean of communication is by a boat. This film follows the stories of two volunteers, one of them being Serbian and the other one Croatian. When the floodwaters come, they relocate the trapped locals and deliver the essential supplies. They are the only remaining link with the rest of the world for their respective communities.

Year: 2010. / Format: DCP / Duration: 20′ / color / Orig. Title: Poplava

About director

Goran Dević

was born in Sisak, Croatia, in 1971. He studied law, archaeology and film art at Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb, Croatia. His filmography includes several documentaries and short films. Teaches documentary film at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is the author of award-winning documentary films: On The Water (2018), The Steel Mill Café (2017), 65+ (2016), Two Furnaces for Udarnik Josip Trojko (2012), Don Juan: Excuse Me, Miss (2010), The Flood (2010), Happy Land (2009), Three (2008), I Have Nothing Nice to Say to You (2005), Imported Crows (2004) and others. Film The Blacks (2009), which he codirected, was his feature film debut also woon grand prix Ljubljana Film Festival Slovenia 2009; grand prix Festival autorskog filma Serbia 2009; FIPRESCI award Cottbus Film Festival Germany 2009; special award for directing Cottbus Film Festival Germany 2009; Golden Arena for directing Pula Film Festival Croatia 2009;

Retrospectives of his documentaries were screened at Arsenal Berlin, Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz.

Festivals and Awards

  • SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL – 2010. Nagrada: EDN talent grant
  • ZAGREB DOX 2011. Best Music
  • SEE Fest – Los Angeles USA, 2011.
  • WATCH DOCS – Warsaw, Poland,
  • KINOOKUS – Ston, Croatia 2011.
  • PRIZREN, Kosovo – 2011.