Two Drivers (2002)

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Former Andrzej Wajda protégé Alexander Kott makes his feature-film debut with the Russian post-World War II romantic comedy Two Drivers. A young, enthusiastic truck driver named Nikolai (Pavel Derevyanko) arrives at an isolated Russian airstrip and quickly sets his mind on wooing an equally young and self-assured female driver named Raya (Irina Rahkmanova). Raya, while not totally immune to his charms, has been taking flying lessons from handsome pilot Kostya (Valerij Ivakov), a situation that effectively bars Nikolai from the further pursuit of a relationship with the enchanting Raya. Nikolai, heartbroken, leaves the airstrip for another job, but eventually runs into Raya once more. The two begin traveling together and eventually fall in love. Two Drivers was a selection at the 37th annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2002.