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Plitvice National Park

Land of the Falling Lakes


The Story

The Tale of 1001 waterfalls takes place day and night right in the heart of Croatia. For here lying hidden among rough karst mountains is a “Natural Wonder World” – the Plitvice Lakes, one of the oldest Nationalparks in Europe.

The Plitvice Lakes are embedded in a grandiose karst region. The film follows the course of the water taking it’s wondrous paths through the limestone. Rain and snow seep through the porous layers, cavities and caves to disappear from the surface but once in the depths these small water veins collect to mighty torrents.





German & English & French & Croatian & Italian

Production Team

Written & Directed by Michael Schlamberger ● Photographed by Michael Schlamberger, Rolando Menardi, Paul Johnson ● Camera Assistants Raimund Sivetz, Christian Ghafour ● Wescam Operator Irmin Kerck ● Location Sound Christian Ghafour, Raimund Sivetz ● Editor Andrew Naylor ● Assistant Editor Lukas Kogler ● Music Andreas Fabianek ● Music Arrangements Georg Ludvik ● Dubbing Editor Raimund Sivetz, Bernadette Emsenhuber ● Dubbing Mix Raimund Sivetz ● Sound Design Karl Königsberger, Markus Eichl ● Textgestaltung Harry Marshall, Martin Mészáros ● Narrator John Shrapnel ● Colourist Willi Willinger ● Scientific Consultants Peter Praschag, Boris Kryštufek, Nikola Tvrtković, Georg Gaßner ● Production Co-Ordination Anita Pfeffinger ● Production Manager Rita Schlamberger ● Co-Producer Greg Diefenbach ● Producer Michael Schlamberger ● Executive Producer Walter Köhler

In Association with WDR and BMBWK.

Thanks to Bartolać Vinko, Bionda Ante, Bressi Nicola, Engl Alfred, Gamperl Alois, Horkai Zoltán, Križmanić Milan, Krusch Sonja, Lukač Gordan, National Park Plitvicer Seen, Nakani Siniša, Pavlus Natalija, Postojnska Jama, Potz Gernot, Reisinger Johann, Spudić Darka, Toman Aleš, Vrbanac Dorijan

A co-production of ScienceVision, ORF, DDE, Thirteen and WDR.


International Film and Video Festival Los Angeles
USA, June 2004, First Place – Gold Camera Award in the category of Nature & Wildlife

Shanghai Television Festival, Shanghai
China, June 2004, Magnolia-Award for Best Photography in a Nature Documentary

NaturVision Internationales Natur- und Tierfilmfestival, Bayerischer Wald
Germany, September 2004, Best International Film

Ekofilm – XXX. International Film Festival on the Environment and Natural and Cultural Heritage Ostrava
Czech Republic, October, 2004, Award of the Town Cesky
awarded for an excellent presentation of aesthetic and natural values of protected areas

Ökomedia 2004
Germany, October 2004, Nomination

Sondrio Festival – Mostra Internazionale dei Documentari sui Parchi
Italy, October, 2004, Price of the audience

International Festival of Ménigoute
France, November 2004, Nomination

International Mountain + Adventure Filmfestival Graz
Austria, November 2004, Nomination

European Nature Film Festival Valvert Brussels
Belgium, November 2004, Nomination

International Environmental Film Festival ENVIROFILM
Slovakia, Mai 2005, The Prize of the Mayor of Banská Štiavnica

International Film Festival Water, Sea & Ocean
Czech Republic, May 2005, Best Fresh Water Film

River Festival
Spain, September 2005, “River is life”-Award

PINE Film Festival
USA, February 2006, Winner of the category “Best Nature Documentary”

Festival du Film de l’Oiseau Abbeville
France, April 2007, Nature Prize

Erasmus Euro Media Award
Austria, October 2007, Special Award Category “Technology & Design”

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