Garage People

Garage People

In post-Soviet Russia there is a phenomenon beyond ice fishing, matryoshkas and vodka: the garage settlement. Tin huts, inhospitable from the outside, provide a refuge for a large number of Russians – mainly men. According to their own taste and away from all rules, with ingenuity and tenacity, alternative habitats are created on just a few square meters. 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. Everything is here, and everything seems possible.

The garages are an expression of a retreat into the private sphere, an escape from everyday life. Behind the Arctic Circle, in a rough area where a mining company is the only employer, the garage remains the last chance for self-realization – and comes across as diverse as the dreams of its owners.

GARAGE PEOPLE will celebrate its world premiere at the Berlinale 2020 as part of the Perspektive Deutsches Kino (Perspectives on German Cinema) section.

Credits
Written and directed by
Natalija Yefimkina
Produced by
Andrea Schütte and Dirk Decker
Creative Producer
Mathieu Dolenc
Line Producer
Jan Philip Lange
Production Management
Natalya Zakharova
Commissioning Editors
Silke Heinz (MDR) and Valérie Theobaldt (ARTE)
Director of Photography
Axel Schneppat
Still Photography
Konrad Waldmann
Editors
Nicole Fischer, Lucia Gerhardt, Markus Schmidt, Barbara Toennieshen
Original Sound
Alexey Antonov, Ivan Arapov
Sound Design
Sebastian Reuter, Paul Wilke
Sound Editing
Sebastian Reuter
Grading
Claudia Gittel
Title Design
Henning Weskamp, Felix Paul