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Premiering to rapturous reviews in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes, Ognjen Glavonic'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.


  • Leon Lucev
  • Pavle Cemerikic
  • Tamara Krcunovic
  • Ivan Lucev
  • Igor Bencina
  • Kosta Bekric
  • Novak Bilbija
  • Tadija Calukovic
  • Branislav Ciric
  • Radoje Cupic

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  • The film premiered at Cannes Film Festival in May 2018.
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Aug 28, 2019

If any colour represents the long-term impact of war, it’s the blend of beige and grey that fills The Load’s quietly powerful frames.

Metacritic review by Sarah Ward
Sarah Ward
Screen International
Aug 28, 2019

This well-intentioned meditation of the banality of evil packs a modest emotional punch, but it might have been more powerful if it had shown us a little less banality and a little more evil.

Metacritic review by Stephen Dalton
Stephen Dalton
The Hollywood Reporter
Aug 28, 2019

It’s like we’re front-seat passengers, and though it induces much anxiety, “The Load” compels us to keep both eyes forward lest we miss whatever might happen next.

Metacritic review by Michael Nordine
Michael Nordine