Two Furnaces for Udarnik Josip Trojko

Documentary mid-lenght / 2012.

DirectorGoran Dević
ScreenplayGoran Dević
CinematographyJure Černec
EditingVanja Siruček
Sound designDavor Tatić
ProducerHrvoje Osvadić, Vanja Jambrović
ProductionPetnaesta umjetnost
Co-productionHrvatska radio televizija HRT
DistributionPetnaesta umjetnost
SupportHrvatski audiovizualni centar (HAVC), Grad Sisak


Two Furnaces for Udarnik Josip Trojko follows the disassembling of the famous Siemens-Martin furnace, which once stood in the heart of the huge Yugoslavian iron industry. The sons of former steel workers slowly take apart the old furnace, and then construct a new, larger, more modern furnace into which the pieces of the old furnace are fed. As we watch the old making way for the new, we hear off-camera archive recordings of political speeches from the period when the old furnace was in operation, full of enthusiasm and ideological optimism. We also hear a voice from the past reading Tito’s telegrams to the former forge workers, congratulating them on their tireless efforts in meeting the production targets. The flow of the speeches follows the rhythm of the construction of the new furnace to demonstrate that life, like steel, always continues to flow.

Year: 2012. / Format: DCP / Duration: 32′ / color,  black & white / Orig. Title: Dvije peći za udarnika Josipa Trojka

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 2012
  • ZagrebDox 2013
  • Liburnia Film Festival 2013
  • 8th Fibula Documentary Film Revue, Sisak 2013 – Best Film