Film and video production


Once were humans

Screenplay: Tommaso Santi, Goran Vojnović
Director: Goran Vojnović


Leo and Vučko, an Italian and a Bosnian, owners of a restaurant in Kranjska Gora agree to rob the commission to pay off their debts to a loan shark: they must rob a truck full of appliances.
After the robbery they discover that there are no televisions and computers in the truck but five illegal immigrants, hidden among boxes of fruit.
They are shocked by the discovery but have to pay the loan shark, who wants his money back. If they do not pay, he will take their restaurant. So Leo and Vučko decide to try to sell immigrants to human traffickers.
They hide the truck inside the warehouse of their restaurant and they manage to control immigrants with threats and promises that their trip will soon continue. In the meantime they are looking for someone, who will buy them.
After the first failed attempt, when the situation gets out of control as immigrants try to break free from the truck, Leo and Vučko find another “customer”, ready to pay very well. It is an organ trafficker, who is ready to take that load at once.
Leo and Vučko are willing to do anything to save their restaurant. Now they are desperate and decide to deliver the truck to the traffickers. But when the time of the exchange comes, they decide they can not go on. They escape with the truck and drive it to a mountain area, where they free the immigrants. They have lost everything but maybe they saved a small part of their humanity.

Directors note

In a few months four hundred thousand people entered Slovenia and remained invisible to the majority of the population here. However, the discrepancy between the fact that every day we saw on television the starving crowd and desperate people, who invade us, and that the life on our streets remained unchanged, therefore the invading crowd existed only in our minds, was creating fear. The atmosphere became tense as in a horror movie, where the foretaste of terror terrifies us. And the rivers of refugees will be dammed, however, the fear will remain.

Therefore, the story of Leo and Vučko is not one of the many stories about the refugee topic, since it does not involve a lot of refugees. This is the story of a former immigrant Leo and a former refugee Vučko, who succumb to the atmosphere of fear and can not identify themselves with the refugees. They are like all the politicians, who exploit people’s fear to achieve vile political objectives; they are selfish as we all are, when we only see our own problems.

Furthermore, the story of Leo and Vučko is primarily a metaphor of modern times and modern man; the time in which selfishness is welcomed and desirable. The story of trafficking with the refugees in order to repay the outstanding debts reflects all the inhumanity of the period we live in. It is imperative that the refugees remain invisible in this story because this is not a story about them but a story about us. About us, who once were refugees and immigrants – as the history of the world is also the history of migration. About us, who overnight turned into indigenous people that exploit and resell the newcomers. This is a little story about little people that has a lot to say.




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