The Load (Dir. Ognjen Glavonić, 2018)
Date: October 18, 2019
Location: Echo Park Film Center
Address: 12000 N. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA. 90026
Los Angeles premiere!
Video introduction by director Ognjen Glavonić!
Premiering to rapturous reviews in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, Ognjen Glavonić’s narrative feature debut, The Load, is a taut suspense thriller recalling The Wages of Fear and Sorcerer. During NATO’s bombing of Serbia in 1999, Vlada, a truck driver, is hired to undertake a treacherous path across his war-torn country and deliver mysterious cargo. On a journey where friend and foe prove indistinguishable, Vlada comes to realize the horrifying ramifications of his mission. Brilliantly photographed and overwhelmingly atmospheric, The Load signals the arrival of a major talent.
Critic's Pick! An atmospheric, gripping film.
Glenn Kenny, New York Times
Harrowing. A willful anti-thriller. An impressive new filmmaker.
Jessica Kiang, Variety
Four stars. This is one of the year’s best films. A mesmerizing narrative feature debut.
Matt Fagerhom, RogertEbert.com
Has that rare quality of dramatizing not the obvious evils of a conflict, but the torturous grey zone of how survival can implicate participation.
Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook
With The Load Glavonić does what [Sergei] Loznitsa did in his 2012 WWII film In the Fog: he makes an exceptional war film that never once shows the atrocities of war, never tries to represent the unrepresentable.
Azadeh Jafari, Cinema Scope