Garage People
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    Garage People

    Garagenvolk

    Directed by

    Germany

    2020

    95 min

    • Russian

    Documentary

    In post-Soviet Russia there is a phenomenon beyond ice fishing, matryoshkas and vodka: the garage settlement. Seemingly inhospitable tin sheds from the outside, they offer a refuge to a large number of Russians – most of them men. According to their own taste and beyond any rules, with as much ingenuity as tenacity, they create alternative living spaces within a few square metres. Scrap collector Ilja uses the garage as a production site, Roman for his quail breeding, Pavel skilfully carves sculptures of saints and Viktor has added four underground floors to his garage in decades of work. Here you can find everything, and everything seems possible. The garages are an expression of a retreat into privacy, an escape from everyday life. Behind the Arctic Circle, in a rough area dominated by the local mining company as the only employer, the garage remains the last chance for self-fulfillment – and appears as diverse as the dreams of its owners.

    Awards

    • Heiner Carow Prize - Berlinale Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2020
    • Audentia Award - Sarajevo FF

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Natalija Yefimkina
    Cinematography
    Axel Schneppat
    Editing
    Nicole Fischer
    Lucia Gerhardt
    Markus Schmidt
    Barbara Toennieshen
    Sales
    RISE AND SHINE WORLD SALES
    Production
    TAMTAM FILM
    Natalija Yefimkina

    Natalija Yefimkina

    Ukraine

    Born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1983 to Russian-Ukrainian parents, she moved to Germany with her family in 1995. After studying history and literature in Berlin, she worked as an assistant director and production assistant on various feature films. Having worked on several short documentaries, GARAGE PEOPLE (2020) is her first feature-length documentary and her debut film as a director.