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Ten-year-old Yula has but one dream - to lead a normal life. For 14 years, Hanna Polak follows Yula as she grows up in the forbidden territory of Svalka, the garbage dump located 13 miles... See more »


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Herself (voice)

Directed by

Hanna Polak

Written by

Hanna Polak ... (writer)

Produced by

Phie Ambo ... executive producer
Anne Dillon ... co-producer
Sigrid Dyekjær ... executive producer / producer
Pernille Rose Grønkjær ... executive producer
Monika Jankowiak ... associate producer
Hanka Kastelicová ... executive producer
Mikala Krogh ... executive producer
Ewa Laxa ... associate producer
Izabela Lopuch ... producer
Eva Mulvad ... executive producer
Hanna Polak ... producer
Piotr Polak ... executive producer
Jan Rofekamp ... executive producer
Sidsel Lønvig Siersted ... assistant producer (as Sidsel Siersted)
Piotr Uzarowicz ... associate producer

Music by

Keaton Henson

Cinematography by

Hanna Polak

Film Editing by

Marcin Kot Bastkowski
Hanna Polak

Editorial Department

Yann Coquart ... co-editor
Grazyna Gradon ... additional editor
Andrzej Juraszczyk ... additional editor
Marta Kotowska ... additional editor
Mariusz Margas ... additional editor
Michal Napierzynski ... additional editor
Przemyslaw Niedzwiecki ... colorist
Peter Winther Nielsen ... additional editor
Steven Okazaki ... additional editor
Jacob Thuesen ... additional editor

Production Management

Aleksandra Derewienko ... unit production manager
Søren Green ... post-production manager
Piotr Rejmer ... post-production manager
Dorota Rozowska ... production manager

Sound Department

Kristian Eidnes Andersen ... sound designer
Brian Dyrby ... sound designer
Chung Gyu Lee ... foley artist

Camera and Electrical Department

Sacha Borisov ... additional cinematogrpher
Hans Jurgen Burkard ... additional cinematogrpher
Maksim Drozdov ... additional cinematogrpher
Ivan Finogeev ... additional cinematogrpher
Yuliya Galochkina ... additional cinematogrpher (as Yulia Galochkina)
Mariusz Margas ... additional cinematogrpher
Dima Rakov ... additional cinematogrpher

Music Department

Joanna Badelek ... scoring consultant
Pawel Juzwuk ... scoring consultant

Other crew

David Magdael ... publicist
Freddy Neumann ... PR and Communication
Krogsgaard Medie Regnskab ... production accountant
Francisco Sanchez ... publicity team (as Frank Sanchez)

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Plot Summary

Yula is a beautiful 10-year-old girl who lives in the shadow of the abundance of Moscow-in Europe's largest junkyard called the Svalka. Situated 13 miles from the Kremlin, just on the outskirts of Putin's big showcase of a city, the Svalka is a huge mountain of trash, 17 stories high and stretching for over 2 miles. It is a fenced, walled-in area, heavily guarded by security to keep intruders out. No trespassing and no filming is allowed here, where inside the dump's walls, criminal activity is unchecked. When one enters the Svalka, he becomes a slave employed by the mafia who run the dump's illegal recycling centers. Vodka is a currency here. For most of the people who enter the Svalka, this is their last stop before death, especially when the cold Russian winter storms sweep across this mountain of waste. Although life is grim and dismal for the Svalka's inhabitants, it also brings out the best in people. They generously share their vodka and last breadcrumbs with each other and open up their ramshackle sheds to shelter those who need it. Despite the misery that life here has to offer, people strive for normality. Yula dyes her hair and puts on makeup to look beautiful. She cracks jokes; she listens to music beautifully performed by Dima the "Guitarist." She reads magazines that she finds in the dump and listens to the radio in order to know what's going on in the outside world-a world she can only glance at from her mountain of trash. Since childhood, Yula, like others who live in the dump with her, has made ends meet by sorting Moscow's refuse. She dreams of escaping this desolate land, yet year after year passes and nothing changes for her. "I'd like to hope for the best, but it never happens. Only bad things happen, and they get worse and worse. Maybe it works backward. You should hope for the worst, then everything will turn out just fine," worries a 16-year-old Yula. For a period of 14 years, the film follows Yula's life-from her innocent childhood games with the other children to her first love as a teenager, until she, as a grown woman, realizes that her future lies in her own hands and it's up to her-and her alone-to change her destiny; to try and have a normal life outside of the Svalka's walls.

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Taglines Her name is Yula. She lives in Putin's Russia. Her home is the largest garbage dump in Europe. This is the story of her life. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Børnene på Putins losseplads (Denmark)
  • Nadejdą lepsze czasy (Poland)
  • Yulas Welt (Germany)
  • Soptippens barn (Sweden)
  • Parempi huominen (Finland)
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  • 98 min
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