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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 November 2012 (Germany)
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A documentary depicting the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Werner Herzog ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikolay Nikiforovitch Siniaev Nikolay Nikiforovitch Siniaev ... Himself
Gennady Soloviev Gennady Soloviev ... Himself
Anatoly Tarkovsky Anatoly Tarkovsky ... Himself
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In the center of the story is the life of the indigenous people of the village Bakhtia at the river Yenisei in the Siberian Taiga. The camera follows the protagonists in the village over a period of a year. The natives, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, keep living their lives according to their own cultural traditions. The expressive pictures are accompanied by original sound bites quoting the villagers. Written by Eike Wolf / Head of Corporate Communications, Studio Babelsberg

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Country:

Germany

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

15 November 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Gent feliç. Un any a la taigà See more »

Filming Locations:

Bakhta Village, Siberia, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,481, 27 January 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$337,497, 2 June 2013
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1.85 : 1
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Himself - Narrator: This is the village of Bakhtia In Siberia. Although it looks like winter to us, it's already spring here. The village is located In the heart of Siberia, and we should keep in mind that this colossal landmass is one and a half times the size of the United States. The endless wilderness that surrounds this place is known as the taiga. No roads or train lines traverse it. There are only two ways to reach this outpost - one is by helicopter, the other by boat. The expanse in the ...
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A sincere documentary about something real
5 October 2012 | by SpiritFilmsSee all my reviews

If you like Werner Herzog then this film won't disappoint. His style is simple, honest and transparent. He gives you a clear sense of the reality of what most people would perceive to be a harsh way of life in the Russian Taiga. We see humans who are connected to the cycles of nature, to the animals, the forest and to their traditions. There is a quiet wisdom and deep joy in this way of life and the film serves as a powerful contrast to virtually every other piece of media being made today. The film is like poem to a way of life that now seems like a distant dream. It is beautifully shot, with vignettes that look like they are living paintings; Russian characters from the time of Tolstoy or Dostoyevesky.


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