USSR, 1962, 85mn 
Black and white, fiction
Running Empty
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Порожний рейс


 Un trajet à vide

 Pokhozhniy reys

Directed by : Vladimir VENGEROV (Владимир ВЕНГЕРОВ)
Writing credits : Sergey_2 ANTONOV (Сергей_2 АНТОНОВ)
Boris CHIRKOV (Борис ЧИРКОВ) ...Ded sur l'aéroport
Aleksandr DEMIANENKO (Александр ДЕМЬЯНЕНКО) ...Pavel Sirotkine
German KACHIN (Герман КАЧИН) ...Viktor
Svetlana KHARITONOVA (Светлана ХАРИТОНОВА) ...Tania
Anatoli PAPANOV (Анатолий ПАПАНОВ) ...Akim Sevastianovitch
Tamara SYOMINA (Тамара СЕМИНА) ...Arina
Georgi YUMATOV (Георгий ЮМАТОВ) ...Nikolaï Khromov
Cinematography : Genrikh MARANDZHIAN (Генрих МАРАНДЖЯН)
Production design : Viktor VOLIN (Виктор ВОЛИН)
Music : Lev SCHWARTZ (Лев ШВАРЦ)
Production : Lenfilm
Spectators : 23 million spectators in the USSR
Site : IMDb

Plot synopsis
The literal translation of the title of this film is "Empty Trip." A newspaper reporter is sent to cover a story about a Siberian truck driver with a stellar driving record. He hauls the truckloads of lumber over snow-covered roads and manages to avoid the breakdowns and repairs of his fellow drivers. The reporter soon discovers that the driver alters his logbook and takes a perilous shortcuts over dangerous terrain -- while his employers have praised the driver for his efforts, unaware of his actions. When the reporter discovers the truth about the driver, the driver is relieved that he no longer has to live a lie. On the way to the train station, a gas leak disables the truck in the bitter cold of a blinding snowstorm. The truck driver tries to keep the reporter from falling asleep and freezing as the two wait to be rescued from the desolate, untraveled road. The film was a prize winner at the Moscow Film Festival.
Dan Pavlides www.allmovie.com

Selected in the following festivals :
- Festival ''Cinema and literature'', Gatchina (Russia), 2009