Grue – Traditional wooden cranes for the boats

Wednesday, September 13 at 19:00
Director: Dan Oki
Country of origin: Croatia, 202
Runtime: 55'
World Premiere


As a source of existence, the unique art of building Grue wooden cranes for the boats on the Northwest coast of Istria has developed. They are an ingenious way of raising the boats above the sea surface and storing them on wooden poles - grues. The method of making grue was passed down through the generations within the local fishing community and has been preserved to this day. They were built individually or in series. Around the coast of Umag Adriatic Sea is the shallowest, rocky, and in places where there were no naturally protected coasts and safe harbours. Fishermen had to ingeniously shelter and protect their boats (most often wooden boat called Batana) from the strong southwest wind Garbin, which normally threatens and destroys Northwest Istrian coasts and ports. This is the film about local fisherman, their community and disappearing tradition. It is a story of a symbiosis between the Grue and Batana, as well as between the fisherman and their fishing stock.

Director Biography

Dan Oki (Slobodan Jokić, 1965, Zadar) has been making films since the end of 1980s. He belongs to the generation of Croatian filmmakers which made first films in the context of socialist Kino Clubs in Zagreb. In the 1990s in Amsterdam Dan Oki has made pioneering works with cinematographic databases and interactive video. After spending fifteen years living in the Netherlands and other countries, he returned to Croatia in 2004, where he has produced and directed number of shorts and five independent feature length films. Last couple of years he is working mainly in the domain of documentary film in the context of PhD studies at the University of Amsterdam. Dan Oki was a head of the Association of Media Artists in Amsterdam from 1997-2001. He is one of the founders of the Association Kazimir in Split in 2010, where he has also produced number of films for other artists and filmmakers from Croatia. Besides being a film director and visual artist, he is also a professor of filmmaking and electronic arts. His films have been shown at Festivals like Brooklyn Film Festival, New York; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Image Forum Film Festival, Tokyo; Transmediale, Berlin; Pula Film Festival, Pula; Motovun Film Festival, Motovun; Videonale, Bonn; SEE Film Festival, Los Angeles; European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck; World Wide Video Festival, Den Haag; Dumbo Film Festival, New York; Impakt, Utrecht; Split Film Festival, Split etc. Dan Oki has exhibited his works in the field of media arts at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Mejan Labs - Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm; Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Palazzo Pubblico, Siena; The 5th International Biennale ARTEC'97, Nagoya; Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Novi Sad; Doulon Museum of Modern Art, Shangai; Kibla, Maribor; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Andiamo Gallery, Marseille; ARCO Blackbox, Madrid; Argos, Bruxelles, etc.
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