In the outskirts of a small mining town in Northern Russia, lives a long garage settlement that houses a medley of characters in Natalija Yefimkina’s newest film Garage People. To the outside world the garage is made up of a series of somewhat ramshackle stalls, but to the people of the garage, it is their own private getaway, each stall as unique as the next. The garage dwellers include war-enthusiasts, bandmates, a troupe of bodybuilders, a radioman, as well as a sculptor of icons. On the whole, it is a place where men tinker with their various projects, from building a generations-spanning underground hole, five stories deep, to debating age-old burning questions, such as Lada or Audi?
The beautifully filmed, festival favourite turns the lens on these garage people, following their absurd yet oddly calming reality from season to season. Yefimkina’s film gives a much-needed reminder of how endlessly fascinating everyday life can truly be.
Marjo Pipinen (Translation: Lydia Taylerson)