SOMETHING BETTER TO COME

"A great coming-of-age story – Boyhood from a trash can" - NEWSWEEK

“Her name is Yula. She lives in Putin’s Russia.
Her home is the largest garbage dump in Europe.
This is the inspiring story of her life.”

Ten-year-old Yula has but one dream – to lead a normal life. For 14 years, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hanna Polak follows Yula as she grows up in the forbidden territory of Svalka, the garbage dump located 13 miles from the Kremlin in Putin’s Russia. SOMETHING BETTER TO COME is Yula’s story – a dramatic tale of coming of age and maturing to the point of taking destiny into one’s own hands. It is a story of hope, courage, and life, all shot in gripping vérité style that stuns with its directness and immediacy.

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Hanna Polak

Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

Sigrid Dyekjaer

Producer

Jan Rofekamp

Executive Producer

Marcin Kot Bastkowski

Editor

Keaton Henson

Composer

In co-production with:

HBO EUROPE
Izabela Łopuch, Producer
Hanka Kastelicova, Executive Producer
HUMAN
Bert Janssens, Commissioning Editor
NHK
Tomoko Okutsu, Commissioning Editor

CREDITS

DIRECTOR AND CINEMATOGRAPHER

HANNA POLAK

FILM EDITORS

MARCIN KOT BASTKOWSKI PSM
HANNA POLAK

CO-EDITOR

YANN COQUART

COMPOSER

KEATON HENSON

SOUND DESIGNERS

KRISTIAN SELIN EIDNES ANDERSEN
BRIAN DYRBY

SCRIPTWRITER

HANNA POLAK

PRODUCERS

SIGRID DYEKJÆR AND HANNA POLAK

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

JAN ROFEKAMP
PERNILLE ROSE GRØNKJÆR
SIGRID DYEKJÆR
EVA MULVAD
MIKALA KROGH
PHIE AMBO
PIOTR POLAK

CO-PRODUCER

ANNE DILLON

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS

EWA LAXA
MONIKA JANKOWIAK
PIOTR UZAROWICZ

ADDITIONAL EDITORS

GRAŻYNA GRADOŃ
ANDRZEJ JURASZCZYK
MARTA KOTOWSKA
MARIUSZ MARGAS
MICHAŁ NAPIERZYŃSKI
PETER WINTHER NIELSEN
STEVEN OKAZAKI
JACOB THUESEN

ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHERS

SACHA BORISOV
HANS JÜRGEN BURKARD
MAKSIM DROZDOV
IVAN FINOGEEV
YULA GALOCHKINA
MARIUSZ MARGAS
DIMA RAKOV

PRODUCTION MANAGER

DOROTA ROZOWSKAUNIT

PRODUCTION MANAGER

ALEKSANDRA DEREWIENKO

ASSISTANTS TO THE PRODUCERS

KIRSTINE BARFOD
SIDSEL LØNVIG SIERSTED

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS

MARTIN ANDRADE
ROMAN BARZHAN
JONAS BRUUN
LOUISE HAMMER
ALLISON HOEN
SOFIE KIRKEGAARD JANSEN
ANDREY KLIMOVSKIH
MASHA MARGAS
STEFAN OHM FREDERIKSEN
EVELIN ORGMETS
SHUNDELL PRASAD
VALERY PRIMAK
IRINA SOLOVIOVA
MALOU STÅLHOLT
ERZHENA VANCHIKOVA

EDITING ASSISTANTS

BEATA BOGUŚ
JEPPE HANSEN

POSTPRODUCTION MANAGERS

SØREN GREEN · DENMARK
PIOTR REJMER · POLAND

COLORIST

PRZEMYSŁAW NIEDŹWIECKI

FOLEY ARTIST

LEE CHUNG GYUFOLEY

RECORDIST

SHIN INA

VOICE-OVER RECORDIST

PRZEMYSŁAW JAWORSKI

MUSIC CONSULTANTS

JOANNA BADEŁEK
PAWEŁ JUZWUK

CONTENT AND EDITORIAL CONSULTANTS

ANDRZEJ FIDYK
PERNILLE ROSE GRØNKJÆR
LORENZO HENDEL
DMITRY KABAKOV
PER K. KIRKEGAARD
STAN NEUMANN

SOUND DESIGNER IN DEVELOPMENT

MICHAŁ DOMINOWSKI

EDITING ROOM

DELAPOSTPICTURE

POSTPRODUCTION

EBH POLSKA
— Maciej Ostoja-Chyżyński, Filip Kovčin, Robert Bartosiński,
Piotr Rejmer, Przemysław Niedźwiecki and Hubert Sienicki

PR AND COMMUNICATION

FREDDY NEUMANN

VISUAL IDENTITY

TORSTEN HØGH RASMUSSEN

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

ARTUR ŻÓŁKOWSKI

ACCOUNTANTS

KROGSGAARD MEDIE REGNSKAB A/S
RAFAŁ WITKOWSKI

PRODUCED BY

DANISH DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
AND
HANNA POLAK FILMS

IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH
HBO EUROPE

Izabela Łopuch – Producer
Hanka Kastelicova – Executive Producer

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REVIEWS

“‘Something Better to Come’ may be considered one of the best documentaries of 2015, but I consider it to be one of the best documentaries I have ever seen”

EXAMINER.COM

“A great coming-of-age story – Boyhood from a trash can”

NEWSWEEK

“Polak has made a work of powerful images – heart-rending, elegiac, charged with hope”

LOS ANGELES TIMES

“An eye-opening documentary”

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Strikingly directed and shot by the talented Hanna Polak”

SCREEN DAILY

“My most powerful experience of nonfi ction cinema this year was […] Something Better to Come”

THE GUARDIAN Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing

“Watching SOMETHING BETTER TO COME without tears is almost impossible”

Let Movie Moves US

“Polak builds solid relationships of trust with the community of nomads, who she silently films like a fly on the wall of their mud-ridden shacks”

ONE WOMAN ARMY

“The impact of this documentary is immediate and shocking”

CINE COLA

“It’s this fatalism, even in the face of a belated turnaround in her fortunes, that carries the fi lm and drives home the plight of Yula and those like her”

THE VILLAGE VOICE

INTERVIEWS

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Academy-Award-Nominee Hanna Polak Talks SOMETHING BETTER TO COME and the Life in the Biggest Junkyard of Europe

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INTERVIEW with Hanna Polak

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INTERVIEW with Hanna Polak on The Lip Tv

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INTERVIEW with Hanna Polak on Agnes Films

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Hanna Polak on Choosing Her Protagonist: INTERVIEW with Hanna Polak on International Documentary Association

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AWARDS

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THANK YOU

Very Special Thanks to Mette Hoffman Mayer

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
KINGA GAŁUSZKA
IRENA GRUCA-ROZBICKA
PER K. KIRKEGAARD
MIKHAIL KRICHMAN
AGATE MARGOWSKI
BENTE STEPHENSEN

THE DIRECTOR WISHES ALSO TO THANK:

JOELLE ALEXIS        ANYA AND TIM ANTHONY        MARK ATKINS        TOMASZ BAGIŃSKI        AKHIL BALI        KATARZYNA BASTKOWSKA        SIMONE BAUMANN        ROMAN BAZHIN        RUSS BENNET        SARA BERNSTEIN        CHRIS BLACK        ANDREY BLOGODORENKO        VIOLETA BLUE AYALA        ANA BOARIU        MENNO BOEREMA        IYABO BOYD        GRZEGORZ BOŻEK        BARTOSZ CHAJDECKI        SUSAN CHANG        TED J. CHIAPPARI        SOFIA CHOUB        AGNIESZKA AND MARIUSZ CZARSCY        CLAAS DANIELSEN        INKA DEWITZ        PIOTR DOMOSŁAWSKI        KATARZYNA DUCH        TOM ERNST        DAN FALLSHAW        URSZULA FIGIEL        FRIEDERIKE FREIER        RYSZARD FREJNO – KANCELARIA USŁUG KSIĘGOWYCH        MARIA GANZKE        CHRISTY GERHARTE        BARTEK GLINIAK        ANNA GLOGOWSKI        ANDREI GLUCHOW        KONRAD GNIADEK        MARTA GOLBA        MARCIN GRASELA        TORSTEIN GRUDE        ERLEND HAMMER        PAUL HARDEJ        JULIAN HEAD        STINE HEILMANN        ZOE HILDEN        JERZY HOFFMAN        DIANA HOLTZBERG        CLAUDIO HUGES        MARK ISAACS        VLADYMIR IVANOV        IVAN IVANOV        WIESŁAWA JAMROZ        AGNIESZKA JANOWSKA        ANDREAS JOHNSEN        CHRISTOPH JÖRG        ROBERT JÜRJENDAL        CHRISTOPHER KAMYSZEW        ŁUKASZ KAFLIK        CYNTHIA KANE        KRZYSZTOF KOPCZYŃSKI        FILIP KOVČIN        PHILIPPA KOWARSKY        LENE KRISTIANSEN        ELLEN AND HECTOR LA TORRE        BARRY LAY        VALERIE LEACOCK        MARZENA AND REMIGIUSZ LEWANDOWSCY        WENDY LIDELL        ANNA LISICYNA        VERONIKA LIŠKOVÁ        RAFAŁ LISTOPAD        IZABELA ŁAPIŃSKA        TOMASZ MACIEJEWSKI        BARBARA AND EDWARD MADEJ        KATARZYNA MADEJ        PIOTR SZERSZEN MADEJ        GESA MARTEN        KATEŘINA MATĚJÍČKOVÁ        INNA MAZURENKO        SEAN MCALLISTER        KATHARINA MCCARTY        FRANK MCEVOY        OLIVIA M. MCLAREN        KIRILL MELSITOV        RJ MILLARD        EWA MINGE        GYORGY MOSKVICHEV        IWONA MROCZEK        MARAT MUHAMETDINOV        JACEK NAGŁOWSKI – CENTRALA FILM        HATTIE NAYLOR        LUCJAN NIEMIEC        ADRIEK VAN NIEUWENHUIJZEN        KIRK H. O’FERRALL        TOMASZ OPASIŃSKI        MIKAEL OPSTRUP        BRIGD O’SHEA        TOMASZ OSSOLIŃSKI        PAAF        PACBA        PACC        LUDMILA PAHUROVA        IVANA PAUEROVA MILOŠEVIČ        SVATLANA PAVOLINA        EWA PĘDZIŃSKA        CHARLIE PHILIPS        ELŻBIETA PILORZ        JANUSZ M. PIOTROWSKI        BARBARA POLAK-ŻUKOWSKA        KAROLINA POLAK        ANDREA PRENGHYOVÁ        WALERA PRIMAK        ELIZABETH RADSHAW        MAREK RADZIWOŃ        MARIJKE RAWIE        HANA REZKOVÁ        JOANNA RICHTER HRYCYSZYN        TOM ROBERTS        FERNANDA ROSSI        BARTEK ROZBICKI        EWA RÓŻEWICZ        GREG RUBIDGE        JAROSŁAW SAWKO        MAARTEN SCHMIDT        HERIBERT SCHNEIDERS        ILO VON SECKENDORF        SERYOGA        CATHERINE SIMEON        TEREZA ŠIMÍKOVÁ        ULLA SIMONSEN        JAROSŁAW SKUPIŃSKI        TANIA STRELBITSKA        JONAS STRUCK        ANTONELLA SUDASASSI        ADAM SUDER        PAWEŁ SUDER        MAREK SULIK        YOGA SZCZEPANEK        WIKTORIA SZYMAŃSKA        JACEK TARGOWSKI        IRENA TASKOWSKI        KAROLINA TEREBA        TOM THIRD        LAURA TUREK        ÜMIT ULUDAG        EWA USZPOLEWICZ        CLAUDIO VIANELLO        MARIA VOROBIEVA        JOANNA AND OLE WENDORFF-ØSTERGAARD        ANNA WIECZOREK        MANUELA WINKLER        DENIS WIREN        RAFAŁ WITKOWSKI        IWONA WOJNAROWSKA        ANNA WYDRA        TATYANA YURASOVSKAYA        NATALYA AND VADIM YUSOV        LEW LJOVA AND INNA ZHURBIN        DEBRA ZIMMERMAN        INNA ZOTOVA        Charles A Heiner        Csaba Zombor        Mathias Noschis – Alphapanda        Valentina Neumann – Alphapanda        Joanna Solecka – Alphapanda        Rafal Jankowski

SUPPORT

Here are some details how it is possible to donate for Yula:

There is a Paypal:
Click here
Please write: For Yula (since the charity helps also other children in the world).

Here are the Active Child Aid account details for wire transfer (if you can’t use Paypal):
Account: NO96 4200 01 62366
Swiftkode: SPTRNO22
SpareBank 1 SMN
7467 Trondheim
Please write: For Yula (since the charity helps also other children in the world).

CONTACT

Production companies

Production companies
Sigrid Dyekjær for Danish Documentary Production
sigrid@danishdocumentary.com
Phone +45 2616 2535

Hanna Polak for Hanna Polak Films
hanna@hannapolakfilms.com
Phone +48 795 624 981

Festivals

Danish Film Institute
Anne Marie Kürstein
kurstein@dfi.dk
Phone +45 3374 3400

HBO Poland

Agnieszka Niburska, Marketing Deputy Director – Public Relations
agnieszka.niburska@hbo.pl
Phone +48 601 24 90 60

Sales Agent

Films Transit International
Jan Rofekamp
janrofekamp@filmstransit.com
Phone +1 514 844 3358
Diana Holtzberg
diana@filmstransit.com
Office: +1 212-614-2808

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