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The Load

Ognjen Glavonić
Serbia, France, Croatia, Iran, Qatar 2018 / 98’
The Dead and the Others The Return

Vlada (Leon Luev, known from Jasmila Žbanić's Esma's Secret - Grbavica) makes his living as a truck driver. With NATO 'sbombing of Serbia is ongoing, Vlada is surprised to receive another order: he has to transport a mysterious cargo from Kosovo to Belgrade-and not ask too many questions. He has no idea what's really in the back of his truck, and he'd probably prefer not to know.With references to actual events, Ognjen Glavonić-in his first full-length feature, which was screened recently at Cannes-tells us the story of a world mangled by war-gray, tired and seen through a dusty windshield. Somewhat reminiscent of Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Wages of Fear, this unpolished film pulsates with tension just beneath the surface. The people that Vlada meets continue to try, in spite of everything, to live a normal life, but there are certain things they can't escape. You can only hide them, and then give your hands a good scrubbing.

Marta Bałaga

Ognjen Glavonić

Born in Pančevo, Serbia, 1985, Ognjen Glavonić is a director and screenwriter. He completed his studies at the University of Belgrade. His short films have been screened at no fewer than 50 international festivals, including Cinéma du Réel and the Berlinale, where his award-winning documentary Depth Two premiered in 2016. He is the director and co-founder of the film festival in Pančevo. The Load, presented at Cannes in the prestigious Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section, is his first full-length feature film.


2010 Rhythm Guitar, Back Vocals (short)

2012 Made of Ashes (short)

2014 Zivan Makes a Punk Festival (doc.)

2016 Dubina dva / Depth Two (doc.)

2018 Ładunek / Teret / The Load

Cast & Crew

director Ognjen Glavonić
screenplay Ognjen Glavonić
cinematography Tatjana Krstevski
editing Jelena Maksimović
sound Jakov Munižaba, Gilles Bénardeau
cast Leon Lučev, Pavle Čemerikić, Tamara Krcunović, Ivan Lučev
producer Ognjen Glavonić, Stefan Ivanic, Dragana Jovović, Sophie Erbs
production Non-Aligned Films, Cinema Défacto, Kinorama, Three Gardens Films
sales New Europe Film Sales
language Serbian
colouration colour