April 4-14, 2019

Synopsis

Premiering to rapturous reviews in this year’s Director’s Fortnight at Cannes and with shades of Clouzot’s rugged 1953 classic The Wages of Fear, Ognjen Glavonić’s debut feature The Load is a taut suspense thriller. Set during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999, the story follows Vlada, a semi-truck driver, who is hired to undertake a treacherous journey through the unforgiving mountains of a war-torn country to deliver a mysterious cargo. Despite never showing a moment of armed conflict, Glavonić’s remarkable film transacts at the detrital fringes of war in a way that still manages to quietly and faithfully reflect the emotional toll wrought upon the Balkans during this dark period.

Director Ognjen Glavonić in attendance for screenings

Screenings