Something Better To Come


Nadejdą lepsze czasy
reż|dir Hanna Polak | DK, PL | 2014 | 110 min
prod|pro Sigrid Dyekjær, Hanna Polak scen|wr Hanna Polak zdj|ph Hanna Polak muz|mus Kristian Eidnes Andersen mon|ed Marcin Kot Bastkowski, Hanna Polak dys|dis HBO


A moving film about the will to survive and the power of dreams. 10-year-old Yula lives in Svalka, Europe's largest garbage dump, situated 20 km from the centre of Moscow. The area is surrounded by a wall and controlled by security, and is supposed to be free of intruders. However, it is home to a group of people who make up a small community living outside the law. They are Yula's closest family. This is where the girl spends every day and dreams of a future far away from the dump. With a camera, director Hanna Polak has accompanied her protagonist for over 14 years, and in the meantime the little girl transformed into a young woman.

2014 IDFA Amsterdam – Special Jury Prize, DOC U! Award (youth jury)
2015 DOK.fest in Munich – Award
2015 Art Doc Fest in Moscow – Grand Prix
2015 Docs Against Gravity FF – Millenium Award

Hanna Polak (1967) Polish documentary filmmaker. Graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. Among other distinctions, her short film “The Children of Leningradsky” (2005, directed with Andrzej Celiński) was nominated for an Oscar and received the award for best documentary at the IFF in Manila, as well as the International Documentary Association Award. The director has been dealing with the issues of homeless children for years. For this purpose she founded the Active Child Aid foundation.

2014 Nadejdą lepsze czasy | Something Better To Come
2005 Dzieci z Leninagradzkiego | Children of Leningradsky, The (wspólnie z | with: Andrzej Celiński; krótki | short)

© Festiwal Filmu i Sztuki Dwa Brzegi Kazimierz Dolny Janowiec nad Wisłą
Projekt i realizacja: Tomasz Żewłakow