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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.
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.
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.
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.
V sodelovanju s Slovenskim filmskim centrom
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
Francesco Borchi (Leo)
Moamer Kasumović (Vučko)
Maruša Majer (Tanja)
Jaka Jakopič (Luka)
Emir Hadžihafizbegović (Senad)
Boris Cavazza (Martin)
Jasna Žalica (Aida)
Vlado Novak (Sandi)
Gregor Baković (Gregor)
Ninni Bruschetta (Massimo)
Gianluca Gobbi (Gianni)
Aljaž Jovanović (lawyer)
Benjamin Krnetić (coach)
Year: 2020, 89 min