Exceptionally, AWL_032 will consist of two films screened over two consecutive nights. They are both directed by Ognjen Glavonic (1985, Yugoslavia) who investigated the same subject matter using two cinematographic strategies. Although both films clearly stand alone, this is a unique opportunity to see them one after the other.
On Wednesday June 26th we will screen the fiction film The Load (2018), in which we follow Vlada, who works as a truck driver during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. Tasked with transporting a mysterious load from Kosovo to Belgrade, he drives through unfamiliar territory, trying to make his way through a country scarred by war. He knows that once the job is over, he will need to return home and reconcile with the consequences of his actions.
On Thursday June 27th we'll present the Dutch premiere of Glavonic' Depth Two (2016). The starting point for this poignant documentary is the 2001 discovery of a mass grave in a suburb of Belgrade. The film investigates the story behind these excavations and takes us back to the 1999 NATO bombings of Serbia. Using the oral testimonies of perpetrators and victims, 'Depth Two' unfolds as an experimental thriller that explores the places where horrific massacres took place 20 years ago, in an attempt to uncover the personal stories that are still buried in silence.