A bracing and novel take on the horrors of human trafficking, this 2003 Slovenian feature by Damjan Kozole focuses on the plight not of illegal immigrants but the traffickers themselves. In the drab city of Krsko, home to both a motorcycle speedway and the nation’s only nuclear power plant, a once-celebrated racer now ravaged with cancer teaches a young accomplice the trade of smuggling human cargo into Italy. In their off-hours the two lost and lonely criminals inhabit a pathetic raceway subculture of has-beens and hangers-on. Though unsparingly bleak, it’s also poignant, human, and almost funny. In Slovenian with subtitles.
1 hour 27 min • 2003