The Load

Ognjen Glavonić / 2018 / 98 minutes / Serbia

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.


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→ Ognjen Glavonić’s 10/10 list

  • “Masterful. One of the ten best films of the year.”

    — James Quandt, Artforum
  • “Critic’s Pick! An atmospheric, gripping film.”

    — Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
  • "Four stars. This is one of the year’s best films. A mesmerizing narrative feature debut."

    — Matt Fagerhom, RogerEbert.com
  • “A brooding thriller. The overtly graphic isn’t Glavonic’s visual style, but rather a cold, more powerful image seepage.”

    — Robert Abele, LA Times
  • “Four stars! A masterpiece of suspense, a caustic thriller gorgeously photographed by Tatjana Krstevski.”

    — Mark Rifking, This Week in New York
  • “Harrowing. A willful anti-thriller. An impressive new filmmaker.”

    — Jessica Kiang, Variety
  • "An ambitious piece of filmmaking, as thrilling as it is both politically and emotionally serious, and delivered with an injection of genre flourishes."

    — Rory O'Conner, The Film Stage
  • “An austere suspense thriller.”

    — Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
  • "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, Notebook
  • "A clear-eyed political thriller."

    — Sarah Ward, Screen Daily
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