Film and video production


Once were humans


Genre: Thriller
Duration: 89 min
Year: 2020
Screenplay:  Tommaso Santi, Goran Vojnović
Director:  Goran Vojnović
Cast:  Francesco Borchi, Moamer Kasumović, Maruša Majer, Jaka Jakopič, Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Boris Cavazza, Jasna Žalica, Vlado Novak, Gregor Bakovič, Gianluca Gobbi, Ninni Bruschetta, Aljaž Jovanović, Benjamin Krnetić
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Leo is an Italian who lives in Slovenia. Vučko is a Bosnian who arrived to Slovenia as a child refugee. Leo continues to stay in Slovenia because of his ex-wife Tanja and his son Luka, hoping that they can become a family again. When the bank refuses to grant a loan Leo and Vučko would need to renovate their restaurant, they have no choice but to accept an offer from Gianni, a swindler. They are tasked with stealing Gianni’s truck so that he can collect the insurance money. However, instead of stealing Gianni’s truck, Leo and Vučko mistakenly steal a truck full of refugees. Vučko the refugee and Leo the migrant themselves thus inadvertently become responsible for destinies of people similarly unfortunate as they had once been. In order to solve their financial problems, they decide to sell the refugees. At first it seems that they are not indifferent towards these people, but with each passing day there is less and less humanity left in Leo and Vučko.


Director’s statement

“The film Once Were Humans is becoming more and more topical from day to day – not only because of the problem regarding refugees and migrants in Europe is more pressing today than it used to be years ago, but because we are becoming less and less humane as time goes by.”

Producer’s statement

“We are very enthusiastic about starting the production of this film with a very demanding and important topic, all of which we believe will ensure solid foundations for the best possible result.”





Screenplay: Tommaso Santi, Goran Vojnović
Director: Goran Vojnović
Director of Photography: Miloš Srdić
Editor: Ivor Ivezić
Sound Recordist: Igor Iskra
Sound Designer: Julij Zornik
Composer: Tamara Obrovac
Production Designer: Marco Juratovec
Costume Designer: Jelena Proković
Make-up Artist: Anja Rančić Godina
Production Manager: Amela Ikovic
Producer: Boštjan Ikovic



Leo Francesco Borchi
Vučko Moamer Kasumović
Tanja Maruša Majer
Luka Jaka Jakopič
Senad Emir Hadžihafizbegović
Martin Boris Cavazza
Aida Jasna Žalica
Sandi Vlado Novak
Gregor Gregor Baković
Massimo Ninni Bruschetta
Gianni Gianluca Gobbi
Odvetnik Aljaž Jovanović
Trener Benjamin Krnetić


Goran Vojnović is a film director and writer, born in Ljubljana in 1980. He graduated from University of Ljubljana in film and TV directing. His first novel entitled Čefurji raus!/Southern Scum Go Home! received a prestigious Prešeren’s Fund Award and Kresnik for best novel of the year. The novel was made into a hugely successful theatre performance and in 2013 into a feature film, directed by Vojnović himself. This was Vojnović’s second feature film, after he wrote and directed the feature Piran Pirano in 2010, and previously directed a number of short films. In 2012 Goran’s second novel entitled Yugoslavia, my country, was published and this year he again received award Kresnik for the best novel of the year. He received the third Kresnik Award for his third novel The Fig Tree, published in 2016.


2002 Fužine Rules, short film
2004 Season 90/91, short film
2005 Bon Voyage, Nedime (screenwriter), short film
– The Sarajevo Heart – award for best short film at the Sarajevo Film Festival
– nomination for European Film Academy Award for best European short film
2006 My Son, Sexual Maniac, short film
2008 The Chinese Are Coming, short film
– special mention at the Slovenian Film Festival in Portorož
2010 Piran – Pirano, feature film
– best editing, best actress and best screenplay at the Slovenian Film Festival in Portorož
– best film and best actor at the South-East European Film Festival in Paris
– award for intercultural dialog at the festival in Cottbus
2013 Chefurs Raus!, feature film – best supporting role Award Vesna at the Slovenian Film Festival in Portorož
– best Actor award at the festival in Cottbus
– best director award at the festival in Alexandria
– best screenplay award at the South-East European Film Festival in Paris
– Media Award at the Pristina Film Festival
– 2 golden Roles for 50.000 audiences in Slovenian theatres
2015 City Lights, short film, (screenwriter)
2017 Fountain, short film



MB grip
100 d.o.o.


Viba Film Studio


Slovenian Film Centre


Format: DCP, 1:1,85; 24/fps; color
Sound: 5.1

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