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The Great Water (2004)

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Original title: Golemata voda

Release Date
 USA: Nov 12, 2004
DVD Release Date
 R1: Nov 22, 2005

Official Website:
The Great Water Website

Running Time
1 hour, 33 minutes

Country Republic of Macedonia, Czech Republic, USA, Germany

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• The Great Water
• Golemata voda

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Genre: Drama, Betrayal, Prison, Experimental

Plot: The Great Water begins when Lem Nikodinoski, an elderly Macedonian politician, suffers a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital. As doctors frantically treat him, Lems's mind travels back in time to when he was a twelve year-old growing up in a Macedonian orphanage...

World War II has just ended, and like so many of his peers, Lem has been orphaned by war. With no family and no place to live, he wanders the war-torn countryside aimlessly, only to be picked up by communist soldiers and taken to a children's orphanage for ideological "reprogramming." As a child whose parents were regarded as "enemies of the Revolution," Lem, along with his peers, will be forced to accept Stalin as God for the good of the Communist Party and the new Macedonia.

The orphanage itself is housed in a medieval fortress with high stone walls separating it from a vast lake. Headmaster Comrade Ariton, a rigid yet ambitious man, and the Warden's assistant, Comrade Olivera, a girl who obsessively worships the Communist ideology of the Great Stalin, rule the orphanage by fear and discipline.

But the orphanage has its secrets. Late at night, Verna, Ariton's beautiful wife, almost magically appears and walks by the walls of the fortress. None of the guards can see her, only Lem, as she brings him what he

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 Directed by
Ivo Trajkov
Minulost, Jan, Kanarska spojka
 Written by
Ivo Trajkov
Minulost, Jan, Kanarska spojka
Rade Serbedzija
Batman Begins, Snatch., Mission: Impossible II
Verica Nedeska
Karaula, Rezervni deli, The Border Post
 Music By
Kiril Dzajkovski
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