SOMETHING BETTER TO COME
by Hanna Polak
Poland / Denmark 2014 / 94 min
Ten-year-old Yula has but one dream – to lead a normal life.
For 14 YEARS, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hanna Polak follows Yula
as she grows up in the forbidden territory of Svalka, the garbage dump
located 13 miles from the Kremlin in Putin’s Russia.
SOMETHING BETTER TO COME is Yula’s story – a dramatic tale of coming of age
and maturing to the point of taking destiny into one’s own hands.
It is a story of hope, courage, and life, all shot in gripping vérité style that stuns
with its directness and immediacy.
“An enriching experience and a remarkable project that aims
and achieve to give voice to the voiceless, this film is at once strikingly real
and impressively poetic due to its genuine portrayal of the situation
of extreme poverty with an underlying sentiment of optimism.”
– Matt Micucci for Cinecola
1. International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, (IDFA)
2014: Special Jury Award (Netherlands)
2. Trieste Film Festival: The Alpe Adria Cinema Award: Best Documentary (Italy)
3. FIFDH, Geneva: The Youth Jury Price, Creative Documentary (Switzerland)
4. Art DocFest Moscow: Grand Prix of ArtDoc (Russia)
5. ZagrebDox 2015: Special Mention (Croatia)
6. EuroDok: Jury Award, Best Documentary (Norway)
7. One World Brussels: Special Mention (Belgium)
8. Documenta Madrid: Second Price of the Jury (Spain)
9. Doc.fest Munich: VIKTOR Main Competition DOK.international (Germany)
10. Docs Against Gravity: Millennium Award for Best Feature Documentary Film (Poland)