Regional Competition

Flotel Europa

Vladimir Tomić
Screening time  
22.02. / Monday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 5  
23.02. / Tuesday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 3  
25.02. / Thursday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
28.02. / Sunday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 3  
28.02. / Sunday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 4  
A giant ship was called Flotel Europa, a home to thousands refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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 Sarajevo together with his mother and older brother. They spent two years in the limbo of Flotel Europa. Two decades later, Vladimir Tomić takes us on a journey of growing up on this ship filled with echoes of the war — and other things that make up an 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 Tomić

Vladimir Tomić 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. His 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 at the center of his work. Filmography: Unfinished Journeys (2012), My Lost Generation (2009), The Valley of Shadows (2006), Echo (2005), The Trilogy (2003/4): Dead Nature and Movements, The Pianist, The Mailman.

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Flotel Europa

Denmark, Serbia
2015, 72'

Directed by:
Vladimir Tomić

Screenplay by:
Vladimir Tomić

Edited by:
Srđan Keča

Srđan Keča, Selma Jusufbegović

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Berlin International Film Festival 2015 – Tagesspiegel Reader’s Prize, Jury Special Mention – Peace Film Prize, Sarajevo Film Festival 2015 –  Jury Special Mention, Pančevo Film Festival 2015 – Best Film, Dokufest 2015 – Best Balkan Documentary Award, Beldocs 2015 – Best Documentary Award, Documenta Madrid 2015 – Special Prize of the Jury, Crossing Europe 2015 – Social Awareness Award – Best Documentary, goEast 2015, DOK.fest-Panorama 2015