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Something Better to Come

Inside the guarded perimeter of Svalka, a hellish junkyard on the outskirts of Moscow, a dogged yet vibrant community ekes out a life, dreaming of escape. Filmmaker Hanna Polak follows Yula, a child of the Svalka, through fourteen years of travails and small joys: we meet her at age ten, a bright anomaly in a desolate world, and watch her fight her way towards independent adulthood. Something Better To Come is at once an incisive account of environmental and social desolation in contemporary Russia and a timeless story of the persistence of the human spirit.


Directed by Hanna Polak. Produced by Sigrid Dyekjaer and Hanna Polak.