THE LOAD

TERET

By Ognjen GLAVONIC

NON-ALIGNED FILMS - as PROD

First film - Completed 2015

During the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999, Vlada is driving a freezer truck across the country. He does not want to know what the load is, but his cargo gradually becomes his burden.

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    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • First film, Drama, Historical
    • Countries
    • SERBIA, FRANCE, CROATIA
    • Languages
    • SERBIAN
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ognjen GLAVONIC
    • Producer(s)
    • Ankica JURIĆ TILIĆ (KINORAMA), Stefan IVANCIC (NON-ALIGNED FILMS), Sophie ERBS (CINEMA DEFACTO), Pouria HEIDARY (Three Gardens Film)
    • Synopsis
    • During the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999, Vlada (37) gets a new job. As a truck driver, his mission is to transport a heavy load from Kosovo to Belgrade. With no stops. He drives through unfamiliar territory and does not know what the load in the back of the truck is. When faced with the opportunity to find out, he decides he would rather not know.
      Vlada picks up Mihailo (20), a youngster hitchhiking in the middle of nowhere. During the hours the pair spend travelling across Serbia, they discuss their everyday lives and bond, becoming kind of friends. Mihailo is planning to emigrate to Germany. The consequences of the bombing are visible in the various places they visit - a bombed bridge, power cuts and restrictions everywhere, and fear and paranoia spreading amongst the people. After an encounter with the police, Mihailo and Vlada go their separate ways.
      Vlada arrives at the military base on the outskirts of Belgrade. While he waits for the truck to be unloaded, he discovers what he has suspected all this time - the truth about his cargo. He has a dream about his life during the Socialist Yugoslavia - childhood excursions to the monuments of the National Liberation Army, his first loves, a summer vacation with his family in the 1980s.
      After he wakes up and gets paid, Vlada returns to his hometown of Pancevo, to his pregnant wife Milica and his two kids, Marko and Vuk. On his way home, he stops to wash the inside of his truck. As he is washing, he finds, caked in mud, a child's wallet. For him, this is the first tangible proof of what he has transported across the country. His load. His burden.
    • Partners & financing
    • Hubert Bals Fund
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Apr 01, 2014
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