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The Great Water (2004)

Golemata voda (original title)
An ailing communist reflects on his childhood in Stalinist Yugoslavia.


Ivo Trajkov


Zhivko Chingo (novel), Ivo Trajkov | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saso Kekenovski Saso Kekenovski ... Lem Nikodinoski
Maja Stankovska Maja Stankovska ... Isak Keyten
Mitko Apostolovski Mitko Apostolovski ... Ariton
Verica Nedeska Verica Nedeska ... Olivera Srezoska
Risto Gogovski Risto Gogovski ... The Bellman
Nikolina Kujaca Nikolina Kujaca ... Ariton's Wife
Meto Jovanovski Meto Jovanovski ... Old Lem Nikodinoski
Aleksandar Ribak Aleksandar Ribak ... Metodija Griskoski
Vladimir Svetiev Vladimir Svetiev ... Sekule (the geography teacher)
Petar Mircevski Petar Mircevski ... Dervutoski (the gym teacher)
Goce Deskoski Goce Deskoski ... Klimoski
Marina Cakalova Marina Cakalova ... Lence
Zoran Popovski Zoran Popovski ... Nikolce
Oliver Trifunov Oliver Trifunov ... Spasko
Goran Ilic Goran Ilic ... Doctor (in the ambulance)


An ailing communist reflects on his childhood in Stalinist Yugoslavia.

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Drama | War


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Release Date:

21 April 2005 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Water See more »

Filming Locations:

Bitola, Macedonia See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,484, 19 June 2005

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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2004 submission to the Academy for consideration as Best Foreign Language Film, but not nominated. See more »

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how was Europe
26 September 2015 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Much has gotten told of Europe during World War II, less about what happened right after the war was over. Macedonia (then part of Yugoslavia) saw the Nazis defeated but saw a new terror arise. Tito's government established orphanages for children of anyone considered an enemy of the new government. Ivo Trajkov's "Golemata voda" ("The Great Water" in English) looks at the hellish conditions in one such orphanage. It's based on a children's book by Živko Čingo, but this is no children's story in the general sense. The story gets told as a flashback, with the main character remembering the horror that he experienced in an orphanage and how he befriends a new boy in the orphanage.

It only adds to the tragedy that Yugoslavia's breakup caused a war, and then Macedonia's government participated in the extraordinary rendition program. But anyway, this is a really good, really intense movie. I watched it to see how much Macedonian sounds like Russian; there were a few words that I could understand but mostly it sounds different.

I recommend the movie.

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