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Netflix has announced the global premiere date for High Water, a limited series drama about an historic flood in Poland. Check out the official trailer.

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High Water — Photo Credit: Robert Palka © 2021 Netflix, Inc.

Twenty-five years before the Oder River in Poland made headlines for being filled with literally tons of fish that mysteriously died from an as-yet unconfirmed cause, the river was central to a different kind of catastrophe, one that ultimately took the lives of more than 100 people.

Inspired by the real-life events of the Millennium Flood, which hit Poland and parts of the Czech Republic and Germany in 1997, High Water (Wielka woda) is the first time the story of the flood has been adapted for the screen.

High Water, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Wednesday, October 5, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)

The six-episode drama — for which the creative team spoke with hundreds of flood survivors and witnesses — stars Agnieszka Żulewska (The Mire, 1983), Tomasz Schuchardt (Operation Hyacinth, The Defence), Ireneusz Czop (The Defence, The Mire), and Tomasz Kot (A Perfect Enemy, World on Fire).

In July 1997, scientists and local government officials face life-and-death decisions when a destructive flood wave threatens the city of Wrocław in Poland. The local authorities, led by aspiring clerk Jakub Marczak (Tomasz Schuchardt), bring in Jaśmina Tremer (Agnieszka Żulewska), a hydrologist with a troubled past, to help save the city at any cost. At the same time, Andrzej Rębacz (Ireneusz Czop) returns to his hometown, a village near Wrocław, and unexpectedly takes on the role of leading the rebellious residents against the disaster.

Under time pressure, the authorities make a difficult decision that will forever change the lives of the main characters as well as the history of the entire region and its inhabitants.

Created and produced by Anna Kępińska (Pakt), High Water is directed by Jan Holoubek (The Mire) and Bartłomiej Ignaciuk (The Teacher), and written by Kasper Bajon (Open Your Eyes) and Kinga Krzemińska (In the Name Of).

Said Anna Kępińska:

“While it’s impossible to tell the story of every person who experienced the flood, we wanted to focus on the moods and emotions of the events to create a universal story about making difficult decisions, the conflict of generations, and the tensions between individual and the collective, the city, and the countryside. Our story is about individuals facing the things they can’t get away from and about people coming together to take action. The flood was a catalyst for society and overnight, ordinary everyday life was replaced by the struggles of the elements and trusted leaders emerged from the crowd.”


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High Water: Netflix Sets Premiere Date for Polish Historical Drama Series
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