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The Load



Original title:
Slovenian title:

Country, year:
Serbia, Croatia, France, Iran, 2018

Directed by:
Ognjen Glavonić

Ognjen Glavonić
Tatjana Krstevski
Voting code:
Leon Lučev (Vlada), Pavle Čemerikić, Tamara Krcunović, Ivan Lučev, Igor Benčina, Radoje Čupić, Jovo Maksić, Stefan Trifunović, Tanja Pjevac, Ljubiša Miličić, Branko Perišić, Novak Bilbija, Kosta Bekrić, Tadija Čaluković, Branislav Ćirić, Mateja Dimitrijević, Olga Dimitrijević, Sara Dinić, Miloš Gašević, Marko Grba Singh, Milica Janevski, Dobrivoje Lazarević
Cannes 2018 - Directors' Fortnight

Thu, 8.11.2018 21:00 Kinodvor Cinema
Mon, 12.11.2018 17:00 Kino Komuna
Wed, 14.11.2018 18:00 Maribox
Fri, 16.11.2018 17:15 Kosovel Hall

Deli povezavo
Serbian director Ognjen Glavonić's debut fiction film vividly depicts the trail of destruction left by war and draws parallels with two classic thrillers: Clouzot's The Wages of Fear and Friedkin's The Sorcerer.

Vlada works as a truck driver during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. Tasked with transporting a mysterious load from Kosovo to Belgrade, he tries to make his way in a country scarred by war. The rules of the job mean sticking to a strict timetable and asking no questions. Along the way, Vlada breaks the rules by stopping to make phone calls to his wife, who is undergoing medical tests, and to offer a lift to a young hitchhiker, a musician fleeing his homeland with hopes of a new life in Germany. Vlada knows that once the job is over, he will need to return home and face the consequences of his actions.

"This film is defined by two words: isolation and occupation. When the protagonist steps out of the truck cabin, he steps into a territory that's occupied by war: the bombs, gunshots, noise, but also the fear and paranoia, which have already gripped people. Which is why Vlada always goes back to that truck. I wanted to show how my country looked at that time. Without explaining the context too much or pushing any drama and information. I wanted to show a metaphysical, inner journey of my character, but also a society at a very specific moment of its decay." (Ognjen Glavonić)
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