During the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999, Vlada gets a new job. As a freezer truck driver, his mission is to transport heavy load across the country, from Kosovo to Belgrade. Without stopping. He is driving through unfamiliar territory and the consequences of the bombing are visible everywhere around. Vlada does not know what the load in the back of the truck is, but his cargo slowly becomes his burden.
- Best Actor (Leon Lučev) - Sarajevo FF
- FEDEORA Award for Best Foreign Film - Haifa IFF
- FIPRESCI Prize - Filmfest Cottbus
- Best Director - Marrakech IFF
- Toronto International Film Festival 2018
- Sofia International Film Festival 2019
- Marrakech International Film Festival 2018
- Haifa International Film Festival 2018
- BFI London Film Festival 2018
- International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019
- Viennale 2018
- New Horizons International Film Festival 2018
- CPH:DOX 2019
- Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2018
- Helsinki IFF - Love & Anarchy 2018
- San Francisco International Film Festival 2019
- Belfort International Film Festival EntreVues 2017
- Sarajevo Film Festival 2018
- Les Arcs Film Festival 2018
- FICUNAM 2019
- Leon Lucev
- Pavle Cemerikic
- Tamara Krcunovic
- Ivan Lucev
- Igor Bencina
- Ognjen Glavonic
- Tatjana Krstevski
- Jelena Maksimovic
- NON-ALIGNED FILMS
- NEW EUROPE FILM SALES
- CINEMA DEFACTO
The greatest accomplishment of the film is how it manages to transmit all of these issues to the audience through such scarce means.
The Load is a great first feature, which shows Glavonic as a filmmaker that knew how to explore the different sides of war, through films that turns to suggestion, constructing a distinct community sense, a product of the crisis and political lies.
This impressive new filmmaker illuminates a painful truth that inculpates more of us than we’d like to believe: Ignorance of atrocity, whether it’s an effort of will like Vlada’s, or inadvertent like the younger generation’s, does not make you innocent of it.
It requires a degree of commitment on the part of the viewer to join the sparsely placed dots of Glavonić’s harshly intelligent and uncompromisingly spare story.
This is a film about what kind of inheritance a generation leaves to the next one. It's about stories that people did not want, or did not know how, to tell.
Ognjen Glavonić was born in Pančevo, former Yugoslavia, now Republic of Serbia in 1985. He studied Film and Television Directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade. His midlength documentary, ŽIVAN MAKES A PUNK FESTIVAL (2014) premiered at Cinéma du Réel film festival in Paris, France. This film has been screened at more than 40 international film festivals including IFF Rotterdam (2015), IndieLisboa (2015), CPH:DOX (2014) and Festival dei Popoli (2014). He is the director and one of the founders of the Pančevo Film Festival. His second feature film, DEPTH TWO (2016), was selected at the 66th Berlinale Forum.