Garage People

Russia’s Far North is an inhospitable region where winter never seems to end. Here, on the edge of a city where a mining company is the sole employer, garages stretch out into infinity. Behind the doors is the refuge of the Russian man. Within a few square meters, he can devote his inventive talent to creating an alternative living space. Scrap collector Ilja uses his as a workshop; Roman breeds quail in his, while Pavel carves figures of saints, and the garage belonging to a rock band serves as a rehearsal room. Together they form a microcosm that reveals a hidden part of society in which there is also room for humour. (Berlinale)

Director's Biography
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1983 to Russian-Ukrainian parents, Natalija Yefimkina moved with her family to Germany in 1995. After studying history and literature in Berlin, she worked as an assistant director and production assistant on various feature films. GARAGE PEOPLE is her first feature-length documentary and her debut as a director and won the Heiner-Carow-Preis at the Berlinale.
Director's Filmography (Selection)
Garagenvolk (Garage People, 2020, doc)
Competition Documentary 2021
Natalija Yefimkina
Germany 2020
95 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Natalija Yefimkina
Cinematography Axel Schneppat
Editing Nicole Fischer, Lucia Gerhardt, Markus Schmidt, Barbara Toennieshen
Sound/Sounddesign Alexey Antonov, Ivan Arapov
Producer(s) Andrea Schütte, Dirk Decker
Tamtam Film
World Sales
Rise and Shine
Austrian Premiere
Austrian Rights
World Premiere
Berlinale 2020