Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

THE GREAT WATER
(Golemata Voda)

Year: 2004
Country: REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
Language: Macedonian
Run Time: 90 minutes

Setting: an orphanage. Time period: post-WWII. Reigning political party: The Communists. Young Lem, like so many other war orphans, is caught by communist soldiers and taken to an orphanage. But "orphanage" is a nice word for what the place really is: an ideological labor camp where children of the ?enemies of the revolution? are being reprogrammed. Order, discipline and even worse rule Lem?s days, until the arrival of a mysterious boy named Isaac. Lem has a premonition that something unusual is going to happen, and from the very beginning the charismatic Isaac is the first one to question authority?and to endure the brutal consequences. When Lem seeks out Isaac as a friend, the orphanage will never be the same again. Director Trajkov delves into the unconditional bond of friendship as the boys? only asset?and their only way to survive.

Screenplay
Vladimir Blazevski, Ivo Trajkov (based on the novel by Zhivko Chingo)

Director
Ivo Trajkov

Producer
Ivo Trajkov, Vladimir Chrenovsku, Robert Jazadziski, Suki Medencevic, Mile Arsovski

Cinematography
Suki Medencevic

Editing
Atanas Georgiev

Principal Cast
Saso Kekenovski, Maja Stankovska, Mitko Apostolovski, Verica Nedeska, Risto Gogovski, Nikolina Kujaca, Meto Jovanavski

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