Werner Herzog, the acclaimed director of Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams, takes you on an epic journey into the heart of the Siberian wilderness!
“A mesmerizing, Walden-like ode to wilderness life … Werner Herzog continues his romance with extreme and remote locations.” – Peter DeBruge, Variety
“CRITICS PICK! Gorgeous … A Herzogian rumination on life lived at the extremes.” – Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine
“The film is both beautiful and fascinating, and offers a thrilling travelogue through a spectacular landscape few of us will ever see first-hand.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon
Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog continues his fascination with extreme landscapes in Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, a visually stunning documentary about the life of indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. For this unforgettable look at life in one of the most remote locations on Earth, Russian co-director Dmitry Vasyukov and his intrepid film crew shot amazing footage under the most difficult of conditions. Deep in the wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia at the river Yenisei. There are only two ways to reach this outpost: by helicopter or boat. There‘s no telephone, running water or medical aid. The locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last century, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. The film follows three fur trappers living through all four seasons of the year, self-reliant men and their families living harmoniously with nature in a way of life virtually untouched by modernity, free from materialism and bureaucracy. With insightful commentary written and narrated by Herzog, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga is awe-inspiring glimpse into a world few have ever experienced, as well as an inspiring celebration of rugged individuals happily living “off the grid.” (Dir. by Werner Herzog & Dmitry Vasyukov, 2011, Germany, in English and Russian with subtitles, 94 mins., Not Rated, Music Box Films) Digital