A Parked Life

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A Parked Life (2022) is an intimate portrait of Petar Doychev, one of the hundreds of thousands of Eastern European truck drivers that work in the west. For many weeks in a row he lives in the cabin of his truck, far away from home and family.

Money is the main reason to do this work. It can give his child a future. But as weeks and months go by, Petar feels his dreams slipping through his fingers. The world of highways, industrial zones and parking lots is a hard place to stay sane. Distance and time make his marriage crumble, to the point that he is about to lose all contact with his son.

Parked Life offers a majestic view on the European continent, from the simmering deserts of Spain to the frozen North of Norway. At the same time it offers a delicate observation of a man who feels disconnected, and lost in this world. Lots of time to think. Lots of money. Little he can do. Does the highway lead him to a better life? Or is it a road to nowhere?



Peter Triest


Renaat Lambeets

Produced by

Bart Van Langendonck - SAVAGE FILM


Fabie Hulsebos & Ilja Roomans - DOCMAKERS (NL)




Mediafonds (NL), KRO-NCRV, CoBo Fund, Belgian Tax Shelter, VAF, VRT-Canvas, Eklektik Productions, CCA


Vincent Metzinger & Peter Triest


Bert Dockx (Dans Dans, Ottla, Flying Horseman)

Festivals & Awards


World Premiere & European Stories Award


Mediafonds Documentary Award

13th TRT Documentary Days 2022

First Special Prize

DocPoint Tallinn 2022

Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival 2022

Crossing Europe 2022

Docville 2022

Cottbus Festival

French Festival du Film Social

Prix Documentaire

Astra Film Festival

Europa Centrală și de Est section

Nederlands Film Festival

AJB DOC Film Festival

Al Jazeera Program Award

Brussels International Film Festival

National Competition

TRT Belgesel Ödülleri International Documentary Days

Special Prize Best International Documentary

Festival du Film Politique de Carcassonne

Filmfestival Oostende

Nominee Best Flemish Documentary



HD color

Running time

52' and 76'

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