Branko Zavrsan, Lucka Pockja, Marijan Sestak
festival & awards:
Branko has been a truck driver for only a few
months, a choice that is quite understandable, given that he
now earns three times as much as he did as a schoolteacher.
But everything has a price, which is not always quantifiable in terms of money. As children we were told: “work ennobles man”. But here the opposite seems true: it is Branko, with his efficiency, his obstinacy, his good will, who ennobles a job that grows more and more alienating, absurd and enslaving.
Rather than a film about a truck driver, this is a film about a paradox. The paradox of a job that makes you live far away from the people you care about, and for whom you are actually working. It took over four years to write. Over this period, I alternated phases of research in the field and others in which we stopped to reflect on the material we had gathered, in a continuous creative tension between fictional and documentary elements. In the meantime an unprecedented crisis had exploded all around us, which it is reductive and even wrong to label as merely economic.
But rather than focus on a sociological point of view, I was interested in examining my character under the skin, in a moment of personal crisis which forced him to make a decision that was not only practical, but ethical and existential as well. In this sense, my ambition was for the film to be understood as a metaphor of contemporary life, and I will consider it “successful” only to the degree in which it speaks to anyone who experiences this paradox at his own expense.