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