Depth Two + The Load
Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Ognjen Glavonic. Serbia. 2016. 80 mins. Digital projection. In Serbian with English Subtitles. In 1999, while NATO was bombing Yugoslavia, a truck containing 53 dead bodies plunged into the Danube near the border with Romania. Where did the bodies come from, how did they wind up on a truck near the Danube, and what horrors led to their deaths? Pairing powerful, masterfully edited audio testimony with present-day footage of deceptively banal locations, Serbian director Ognjen Glavonic pieces together the story of a nation’s mass crime against its own people and elaborate cover-up. Undeterred by a sparse visual record, Depth Two answers with an extraordinary assertion of cinema.
Dir. Ognjen Glavonic. Serbia. 2018. 98 mins. Digital projection. Premiering to rapturous reviews in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, Ognjen Glavonić’s narrative feature debut, The Load, revisits the historic events of his documentary film Depth Two as a taut suspense thriller. 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 affirms Glavonic as a major new talent. “This is one of the year’s best films. A mesmerizing narrative feature debut.” – Matt Fagerhom, RogerEbert.com. New York Times Critic’s Pick. A Grasshopper Film release.
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