Flotel Europa to Berlin

FESTIVAL. Vladimir Tomic' documentary about growing up on the refugee ship Flotel Europa in the 1990's is selected for Berlin's Forum section.

Vladimir Tomic' personal documentary "Flotel Europa" will be presented in the Forum section of Berlin International Film Festival, starting on February 5. The Forum section focuses on experimental filmmaking.

In "Flotel Europa," Vladimir Tomic takes us back to 1992, where a wave of refugees from the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina reached Denmark. With refugee camps completely full, the Red Cross pulled a giant ship into the harbour of Copenhagen. The ship, Flotel Europa, became a temporary home for a thousand people waiting for decisions on their asylum applications. Among them was 12-year-old Vladimir, who fled Sarajevo with his mother and older brother and spent two years on the ship.

Two decades later, Vladimir Tomic takes us on a journey of growing up on this ship filled with echoes of the war - and other things that make up 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.

Vladimir Tomic was born in 1980 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2009, he graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He lives and works in Copenhagen. Vladimir Tomic's art films are played out in the field of contemporary art and experimental documentation. Universal and human tension caused by the changing structure of society is often the center of his work.

"Flotel Europa" is produced by Selma Jusufbegovic og Srdjan Keca. The film is supported by the Danish Film Institute's Film Workshop.

Already announced

  • Jannik Hastrup og Flemming Quist Møller's Mini and the Mozzies and Ask Hasselbalch's Antboy are in the children's programme, Generation Kplus
  • Christian Braad Thomsen's documentary Fassbinder – To Love without Demands is in the Panorama section
  • Vibeke Bryld's Pebbles at Your Door and the Argentine-Danish co-production The Mad Half Hour by Leonardo Brzezicki are in Berlinale Shorts
  • Joachim Fjelstrup is selected as Denmark's Shooting Star

Berlin International Film Festival / 5-15 February