The Load

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    The Load

    Teret

    Directed by

    Serbia, France, Croatia, Iran, Qatar

    2018

    98 min

    • Serbian

    Drama

    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.

    Awards

    • Best Actor (Leon Lučev) - Sarajevo FF
    • FEDEORA Award for Best Foreign Film - Haifa IFF
    • FIPRESCI Prize - Filmfest Cottbus
    • Best Director - Marrakech IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Leon Lucev
    Pavle Cemerikic
    Tamara Krcunovic
    Ivan Lucev
    Igor Bencina
    Screenplay
    Ognjen Glavonic
    Cinematography
    Tatjana Krstevski
    Editing
    Jelena Maksimovic
    Production
    NON-ALIGNED FILMS
    Sales
    NEW EUROPE FILM SALES
    Production
    CINEMA DEFACTO
    Production
    KINORAMA

    Press

    The greatest accomplishment of the film is how it manages to transmit all of these issues to the audience through such scarce means.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    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.

    Mónica Delgado, Desistfilm

    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.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    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.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    Ognjen Glavonic

    Ognjen Glavonic

    Serbia

    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.

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