Garage People

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    Documentary | 2017-2020 | Daily Life, Society | Germany

    Brief synopsis

    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. Source:


    Digital film compositorTobias Schreeck
    ColoristClaudia GittelLead Colorist Kino
    ColoristFrank Schumacher
    Director of photographyAxel Schneppat
    1st assistant cameraKonrad Waldmann
    DirectorNatalija Yefimkina
    EditorNicole Fischer [1]
    EditorLucia Gerhardt
    EditorMarkus Schmidt [4]
    EditorBarbara ToennieshenHeiner Carow Prize, Werner Herzog Film Prize, Eurimages - Audentia Award
    ProducerAndrea Schütte
    ProducerDirk Decker
    ProducerMathieu Dolenc
    Assistant to producerTobias Diener
    Assistant to producerLennard Eberlein
    Assistant to producerNatasha Zakharova
    Line producerJan Philip Lange
    Production coordinatorSvetlana Klyushina
    Assistant production managerEvgenia Tuinova
    Assistant production managerRoman Sobolev
    Production driverAlexandr Dryahlov
    Production driverSergei Shabanov
    Production driverAndrey Emachev
    Production driverNikolaj Jablokov
    ScreenwriterNatalija Yefimkina
    ResearcherDaria Monastyreva
    Production sound mixerAlexey Antonov
    Production sound mixerIvan Arapov
    Audio description mixerAndreas Hellmanzik
    Sound designerSebastian Reuter
    Sound designerRoman VehlkenTV-version
    Sound editorPaul Wilke+ Dialog Edit

    Production companies

    Tamtam Film GmbH


    Film Processing/TransfersD-Facto Motion GmbH
    Sound (Postproduction)D-Facto Motion GmbH


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Axel Schneppat2020German Camera Award [de]DocumentaryNominated
    Natalija Yefimkina2020Sarajevo Film Festival [ba]Eurimages - Audentia AwardWinner
    Natalija Yefimkina2020Deutscher Dokumentarfilmpreis [de]HauptpreisNominated
    Natalija Yefimkina2020Werner Herzog Film Award [de]HauptpreisWinner
    Natalija Yefimkina2020Int. Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlinale) [de]Heiner-Carow-PreisWinner
    Natalija Yefimkina2020Berlin International Film Festival [de]Perspektive Deutsches KinoNominated


    2021ItalyTrieste Film Festival
    2021FinlandDocPoint Helsinki
    2021AustriaCrossing Europe Filmfestival Linz
    2020GermanyFilmkunstfest MV
    2020Bosnia-HerzegovinaSarajevo Film Festival SffEurimage Audentia Award
    2020IsraelDocaviv International Documentary Film Festival
    2020RomaniaAstra Film Festival


    Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 16/09/2021
    PremiereWednesday, 26/02/2020Berlinale