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Flotel Europa

DirectorVladimir Tomic
ProducerSrdan Keca, Selma Jusufbegovi
WriterVladimir Tomic
EditorSrdan Keca
ScreeningTh. 10 Nov. 21:15 hrs.
Length71 min
SectionFOCUS: On the Fringes of Society

One of the best films on the destiny of refugees. Won the Peace Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015.


In 1992 a wave of refugees from the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina reached Denmark. With existing refugee camps completely full, the Red Cross pulled a giant ship into the canals of Copenhagen. The ship, Flotel Europa, became a temporary home for a thousand people waiting for decisions on their asylum applications. Among them was a 12 year old boy, Vladimir, who fled from Sarajevo. Two decades later, Tomic takes us on a journey of growing up on this ship filled with echoes of the war and other things that formed his adolescence. The coming-of-age story is juxtaposed with personal VHS archive material shot by refugees who shared the ‘space-time vacuum’ of the Flotel.

Een van de beste films over het lot van de vluchtelingen. Won de Peace Film Award op het Berlin International Film Festival in 2015.


In 1992 bereikt een golf van vluchtelingen uit de oorlog in Bosnië-Herzegovina Denemarken. Wegens de volle bestaande vluchtelingenkampen, stelt het Rode Kruis een gigantisch schip (dat in de wateren van Kopenhagen voor anker komt te liggen) ter beschikking voor deze mensen. Het schip, Flotel Europa, wordt een tijdelijke thuis voor duizend mensen die wachten op beslissingen over hun asielaanvraag. Onder hen was een 12-jarige jongen, Vladimir, die uit Sarajevo was gevlucht. Twee decennia later neemt regisseur Tomic ons mee op een reis: hij toont het opgroeien op dit schip gevuld met echo’s van de oorlog en andere dingen die zijn jeugd vormden. Dit verhaal van volwassen worden bevat ook beelden uit persoonlijk VHS-archiefmateriaal van vluchtelingen die in het tijdsvacuüm van de Flotel leefden.


Berlinale, 2015 – Peace Film Award, Tagesspiegel Readers’ Prize
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival – Best Documentary Debut or Second Film
CPX:DOX, 2015
Sarajevo Film Festival – Special Mention of Documentary Competition
GoEast Film Festival, Wiesbaden, 2015
IndieLisboa International Film Festival, 2016 – Amnesty International Award, Universities Culturguest Award
OneWorld Romania, 2016
Torino Film Festival, 2015 – Interfedi Award