2019 | Fiction | 24 min. | Russia | 12+

An eight-year-old boy Lyosha is hiding from the older kids in an abandoned building where he bumps into a toy truck locked behind bars. He decides to get it.

Directors statement

The idea of the film “He pulls his truck” occurred to me when I was in my second year at the Faculty of Directing at Moscow Film School. The idea was born from a long-standing childhood memory. For a long time, I was convinced that the story about the toy truck deserved nothing more than to become a sketch. Later, the idea turned into something more, and, at some point, I realized that this story has excellent cinematic potential. So I decided to use it for my first short work. It might be important to mention that for me working on this story was not just a mean to get my degree, but also an important milestone in my professional development. For me, it was the final breakthrough in my self-determination as a film director. It was a difficult path and I wanted to tell the audience about a character who never, under any circumstances, gives up on his way to his goal. A character who never even has doubts. I thought that the best way to show this would be to tell the story of a child who is free from the prejudices and doubts that adults often have to deal with. Another really meaningful aspect of the story is that this child, in the process of achieving his goal, helps a complete stranger, whom he just happened to come across (without even realizing it). I set myself the goal of telling the story naively and simply so that the audience would have a bright and light feeling afterwards. I wanted the viewer to feel free. I tried to maximize the simplicity of the story because it is told from the point of view of a little boy. So I was convinced that the language of this story should be the same: somewhat simplified, freed from the framework of correct composition, as if not prepared. People often ask me why this story happens in the nineties, and not in our time. My answer is that people of my generation were children at that time, so back then we could not make a movie about it. However, this is just as much our time as those who were adults back then, and I wanted to show that time the way I and people of my generation saw it. In the final part of the film, there is a song which is called ‘Strakh Uydyot” (“Fear is gone”). By using that song I wanted to state the film theme and my main message unequivocally and straightforwardly: if you are brave enough, you will achieve your goal, which means that there is no more fear.

Director: Kirill Proskurin

Producers: Maxim Matyushchenko and Tatiana Serebrennikova

Сast: Georgiy Tadzetaev and Dmitriy Mulyar