Garagenvolk

Garage People
Russia’s Far North is an inhospitable region where winter never seems to end and the fresh snow is covered by the black soot of industry. Here, on the edge of a city where a mining company is the sole employer, garages stretch out into infinity. Behind their rusty doors you can find just about everything – except a car. These boltholes are the refuge of the Russian man. Within a few square meters, he can devote his inventive talent and tenacity to creating an alternative living space. Each garage is a place for self-fulfilment containing big dreams and a respite from the dreariness of everyday life above the Arctic Circle. Scrap collector Ilja uses his as a workshop; Roman breeds quail in his, while Pavel carves figures of saints. Two soldiers on manoeuvres nearby use theirs to store their equipment. The garage belonging to a rock band serves as a rehearsal room whereas, in a decades-long effort, Viktor has extended his by adding four underground floors. All of them provide an insight into the longings, anxieties and passions of their owners. Together they form a microcosm that reveals a hidden part of society in which there is also room for humour.
by Natalija Yefimkina Germany 2020 Russian 95’ Colour, 2K DCP World premiere Documentary form

Crew

Written and directed byNatalija Yefimkina
CinematographyAxel Schneppat
EditingNicole Fischer, Lucia Gerhardt, Markus Schmidt, Barbara Toennieshen
Sound DesignSebastian Reuter, Paul Wilke
SoundAlexey Antonov, Ivan Arapov
Production ManagerJan Philip Lange
ProducersAndrea Schütte, Dirk Decker

Produced by

Tamtam Film

Hamburg, Germany

+49 40 32522330

www.tamtamfilm.com/ www.tamtamfilm.com/

World sales

Rise and Shine

Berlin, Germany

+49 30 47372980

www.riseandshine-berlin.de www.riseandshine-berlin.de

Additional information

In co-production with MDR. In collaboration with Arte.

Natalija Yefimkina

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, Garagenvolk is her first feature-length documentary and her debut film as a director.

Filmography

2020 Garagenvolk (Garage People); documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020