Donau, Duna, Dunaj, Dunav, Dunarea

Director: Goran Rebic
Screenwriters: Heinz Ambrosch, Goran Rebic

Institute History

  • 2004 Sundance Film Festival


Unforgettable images and honest filmmaking mold a microcosm of the people and countries that line the burgeoning banks of the mythic Danube River that connects Vienna to the Black Sea.

It is the final voyage of the Donau, a rusting hulk of a ship. At the helm is Franz, the lonely captain whose plans are thrown off course when a young man hauls a casket on board to fulfill the final wish of a dying woman. As Franz casts off, he begins a two-thousand-kilometer journey that involves an orphan, a deserter, a Transylvanian, a drug addict, and various other rootless individuals. Only on the water will the truth about these people become clear and link them more closely than they imagine. Some relationships are begun or consummated while others are severed; even the notion of family is questioned, but no one makes the journey without being profoundly changed.

In this floating road movie, Goran Rebic creates something stark and poetic. The river itself is a character, a passive witness to the ageless struggles plaguing this part of the world. The Danube's majestic beauty is a striking contrast to the gritty realism inside the vessel. Make no mistake: This film does not pit man against nature; it is a parable of man's struggle with himself.

— John Cooper

Screening Details

As you use our Online Archives, please understand that the information presented from Festivals, Labs, and other activities is taken directly from official publications from each year. While this information is limited and doesn't necessarily represent the full list of participants (e.g. actors and crew), it is the list given to us by the main film/play/project contact at the time, based on the space restrictions of our publications. Each entry in the Online Archives is meant as a historical record of a particular film, play, or project at the time of its involvement with Sundance Institute. For this reason, we can only amend an entry if a name is misspelled, or if the entry does not correctly reflect the original publication. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]