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When it comes to expressing their individualism, American males have their “man caves” and the British their allotment sheds. But for certain rural Russians, it’s the garage that provides a window into their personal lives. Director Natalija Yefimkina spent four years earning the trust of her subjects in Russia’s far north. With a sociologist’s eye, she documents their special boltholes: one is used for breeding quails, another for the rehearsals of a punk band. There’s a metal workshop and one for carving wooden icons. Perhaps most surprising is the enterprising man who spent a lifetime excavating his space, so that it now encompasses four underground levels. It’s a legacy that he will bequeath to his grandson.


KINO! Germany NOW! offers a handpicked selection of some of Germany’s most promising narrative, documentary, and short films that premiered within the last year. These 13 films by 14 up-and-coming directors from Germany, all with distinct backgrounds and unique approaches to filmmaking, offer a diverse and intriguing cross-section of current German cinema. KINO! Germany NOW! is a project of the German Film Office, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut and German Films, and is presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles.

All proceeds directly support the Frida Cinema's mission to enrich, connect, and educate communities through the art of cinema.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    95 minutes
  • Language
    Russian
  • Country
    Germany
  • Director
    Natalija Yefimkina