The Great Water (2005)

Great Water
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 30mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation, Foreign
Keywords coming-of-age, novel
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
saso kekenovski Actor Young Lem Nikodinoski 1 1000001
maja stankovska Actor Isak Keyten 1 1000002
mitko apostolovski Actor Komrade Ariton 1 1000003
Verica Nedeska Actor Komrade Olivera 1 1000004
risto gogovski Actor Bellman 1 1000005
Nikolina Kujaca Actor Verna 1 1000006
Meto Jovanovski Actor Old Lem Nikodinoski 1 1000007
Aleksandar Ribak Actor Metodija Griskoski 1 1000008
Ivo Trajkov Director n/a 2 2000001
Anita Elsani Supervising Producer n/a 1275 3000001
Mile Arsovski Producer n/a 3 3000002
Ivo Trajkov Producer n/a 3 3000003
Vladimir Chrenovsky Producer n/a 3 3000004
Robert Jazadziska Producer n/a 3 3000005
Suki Medencevic Producer n/a 3 3000006
Blazhe Dulev Co-Producer n/a 170 3000007
Lasto Nikolovski Co-Producer n/a 170 3000008
Blerim Destani Associate Producer n/a 171 3000009
Vladimir Blazevski Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
zhivko Chingo Source Material (from novel: "Golemata Voda") 120786 4000002
Filip Cemerski Assistant Director n/a 163 5000001
Kirijana Nikoloska Assistant Director n/a 163 5000002
Pelle Folmer Post-Production Coordinator lab post-production coordinator 120842 5000003
Suki Medencevic Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Dejan Dimeski Camera Operator n/a 239 6000002
Brand Ferro Camera Operator n/a 239 6000003
Gjorgji Klincarov Assistant Camera n/a 233 6000004
Marina Kolovska Assistant Camera n/a 233 6000005
Atanas Georgiev Editor n/a 172 7000001
Kiril Dzajkovski Music n/a 120781 8000001
Kemal Hrustanovic Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Natasha Dimitrievska Set Decorator n/a 165 9000002
Natasha Dimitrievska Art Director n/a 183 9000003
Kiril Spaseski Art Director n/a 183 9000004
Julijana Nikolovska Set Dresser n/a 197 9000005
Nikola Hejko Casting n/a 179 10000001
Ivo Trajkov Casting n/a 179 10000002
Zaklina Krstevska Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Halid Redzebasic Makeup Artist n/a 120801 13000002
Nenad Vukadinovic Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000001
Synopsis
Lem Nikodinoski, an elderly Macedonian politician, suffers a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital. As doctors treat him, Lem's mind travels back in time when he was a child growing up in an orphanage. World War II has just ended, and like so many of his peers, Lem has been orphaned by war. He wanders the war-torn countryside, only to be picked up by communist soldiers and taken to an orphanage for ideological "reprogramming." As a child whose parents were regarded as "enemies of the Revolution," Lem will be forced to accept Stalin as God for the good of the Communist Party and the new Macedonia. 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 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 seeks most: hope. Lem looks to Isaac, a mysterious 13-year-old boy who has the courage to question the harsh communist authoritarians who run the orphanage. With organized religion prohibited and no higher power to look to for guidance, both boys know their survival rests on each other's strength. The special bond the two share is shattered when Lem, in a fit of rage after discovering Olivera's blossoming romantic relationship with Isaac, destroys a sculpture of Stalin which Olivera had made. Isaac is accused of the crime, and suffers the punishment alone. When Lem goes to Ariton to confess what he did, Ariton decides he should keep what he did to himself because such a grievous act would forever destroy his standing in the party. As punishment for allowing the act to occur, Ariton is relieved of his post as headmaster of the orphanage. Because suicide will condemn him to eternal damnation, Ariton has his wife shoot him. Ironically Lem is rewarded for his loyalty to the party by being allowed to participate in a State-run academic competition, and his success allows him to leave the orphanage.