Grue – Traditional wooden boat cranes

Grue – Traditional wooden boat cranes

Croatia 54 min.

In man's struggle for survival, the unique art of building Gru - wooden cranes for ships on the northwestern coast of Istria - was developed.

An ingenious way was devised to raise the boats above the sea surface and store them on wooden poles - grue. The method of making gru was passed down for generations within the local fishing community and has been preserved to this day. Grue were built individually or in series. Around the coast of the city of Umag, the Adriatic Sea is shallowest, rocky and in a place where there were no naturally protected coasts and safe harbors. Fishermen had to ingeniously shelter and protect their boats (most often the wooden Batana boat) from the strong southwest wind Garbina, which normally threatens and destroys the coast and harbors of northwestern Istria. This is a film about local fishermen, their community and a disappearing tradition. It is a story about the symbiosis between Gru and Batana, as well as between fishermen and their fishing stock.


  • Tue 07.05.2024. 19:30


Polyvalent hall - Duke's Palace

Poljana Šime Budinića 3
23000 Zadar

Original title
Grue – Tradicionalne drvene dizalice za barke
Dan Oki
Dan Oki
Andrea Kaštelan, Goran Škofić
Dan Oki