Yula comes across as a typical teenager: she experiments with make-up, tries alcohol and cigarettes, and falls in love for the first time. Her living conditions are however, to put it mildly, unusual: she lives on the biggest garbage dump of Europe, at a 10 kilometre distance from Moscow. In this unearthly-looking place you find people who were once doctors, pilots, truck drivers and teachers. Along with her mother, other children, drunks and outcasts, she rummages around in search of food and material for shelter, dreaming of a better future. Filmmaker Hanna Polak has followed Yula and her partners in misfortune for fourteen years. Their lives in Putin’s modern Russia are terribly hard. But always there is Yula, who never lets her head hang, who lives her life and dares to keep dreaming of her own little apartment. Something Better to Come received the Special Jury Award (IDFA 2014) and countless other international film awards.
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