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Running on Empty (Lebensversicherer, Der)

Running on Empty
Scene from "Running on Empty" (photo © Razor Film)

Insurance agent Burkhard Wagner has a dream: not to return home until he has closed enough deals to dig his family out of misery. Burkhard embarks on a year-long odyssey on the Autobahn, becoming more and more desperate to close the deals at any cost whatsoever. Finally, he decides to rest in a motel at least instead of sleeping in his car. The hapless landlady tries to open his eyes to reality, but Burkhard is afraid of waking up and takes severe measures.


Buelent Akinci was born in Ankara/Turkey in 1968. Since 1970, he has been living in Berlin. After working as a musician, security guard and insurance salesman, he began to study Philosophy, Art History, Theater, Film and Music Studies at Free University Berlin. Since 1996 he has been enrolled at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). His films include the prize-winning shorts The Last Pictures (Die letzten Bilder, 1999) and A Little Tale (Eine kleine Geschichte, 2001). Running on Empty (Der Lebensversicherer, 2006) is his first feature length film.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Buelent Akinci
Screenplay Buelent Akinci
Cinematography Henner Besuch
Inge Schneider, Tina Baz
Wim Mertens
Benedikt Lange
Cast Jens Harzer, Marina Galic, Anna Maria Mühe, Mehdi Nebbou, Tom Jahn, Eva Mannschott, Oliver Marlo, Patrizia Moresco, Hussi Kutlucan, Christian Bluemel, Irina Potapenko
Producers Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner
Production Company Razor Film Produktion/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2006 (Perspectives German Cinema), Karlovy Vary 2006, Moscow 2006, Montreal 2006, Rio 2006, Copenhagen 2006, Warsaw 2006, Ludwigshafen 2006, Valladolid 2006, German FF Singapore 2006, Thessaloniki 2006, Cairo 2006, Tallinn Black Nights 2006, Sofia 2007, Seattle 2007
Awards Dialogue en Perspective Berlin 2006, Silver St. George for Best Actor (Jens Harzer) & Special Mention & Diploma of the Russian Guild of Film Critics Moscow 2006
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Zorro Film/Munich

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