11/15/2020 05:30 pm – Krypta der Marktkirche

Germany 2020 95 min Russian original version with German and English subtitles

by Natalija Yefimkina

Script: Natalija Yefimkina, DoP: Axel Schneppat, Editors: Nicole Fischer, Lucia Gerhardt, Markus Schmidt, Barbara Toennieshen, Production: Tamtam Film, Producers: Andrea Schütte, Dirk Decker

In post-Soviet Russia, there is a peculiar custom beyond the world of ice fishing, nesting dolls and vodka: garage complexes! Behind rusty gates we find the refuge of the Russian male: outside the rules, following whims, alternative spaces are created through copious imagination and tenacity. Projection surfaces for grand dreams, small bits of paradise. Scrap collector Ilya uses the garage as a production facility, Roman uses it for his quail breeding, Pavel carves skillful saint figures, and Viktor has added four underground floors to his space over the decades. You’ll find everything here, and anything seems possible.

“I am myself very impressed of the humanitarian worldview of the film. I have never seen before what Natalija shows us here. Her film, shot in the outer province of Russia, has an universal feature, deeply humanly. I have the impression as I have looked at the core of the Russian soul.” (Werner Herzog)

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Natalija Yefimkina was born in Kiev in 1983 to Russian-Ukrainian parents and moved to Germany with her family in 1995. After studying History and Literature in Berlin, she worked as an assistant director and production assistant for feature film productions. After several short documentary works GARAGE PEOPLE (GARAGENVOLK) is her first feature-length documentary and her debut as a director.

Awards (selection): Heiner Carow Award of the DEFA Foundation for Best Film in the section “Perspektive Deutsches Kino” (Berlin International Film Festival, Germany 2020), Werner Herzog Film Award (Werner Herzog Foundation, Munich/Germany 2020), „Audentia Award“ by Eurimages (Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2020), Nominee of the German Documentary Film Prize 2020.

Christos Acrivulis