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Once Were Humans

Desperate to resolve their financial troubles, two friends and business partners get involved in the shady business of stealing a truck – only it’s the wrong one. A film about humanity and the still pressing issue of refugees and migrants in Europe.

Leo, an Italian, and Vucko, a Bosnian, both live in Slovenia and are business partners. They own a restaurant where Leo’s ex-wife works. Leo has a son to support and Vucko, a former refugee, lives with his sick mother. Their troubles begin when the bank refuses to give them the loan to renovate the restaurant. Unable to repay the debt, and faced with losing the restaurant, they go to a swindler Gianni who makes them an offer: steal his truck so that he can get insurance money, and later pay them their share. Under the darkness of the night, Leo makes a wrong move. Leo’s and Vucko’s humanity is put to the test as difficult decisions must be made. A great performance from a team of mixed Slovenian and Bosnian actors.


Slovenia | 2020 | 89 min

PRODUCTION: Bostjan Ikovic – Arsmedia; MB Grip, NuFrame, Studio 100, Apapaja

CAST: Francesco Borchi, Moamer Kasumovic, Marusa Majer, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic

SCREENPLAY: Tommaso Santi, Goran Vojnovic


EDITING: Ivor Ivezic 

Saturday 23.4. / 16:45h / ZAAL 1

Special Guests: Director Goran Vojnovic