Something Better to Come

Hanna Polak, Denmark, 2014

94 min.DK/Documentary

Ten-year-old Yula has but one dream - to escape the largest garbage dump in Europe and lead a normal life. For 14 years, Oscar-nominated director Hanna Polak follows Yula as she grows up in the forbidden territory of Svalka, the largest garbage dump in Europe, 13 miles from the Kremlin in Putin's Russia. 'Something better to come' is Yula's story and is a dramatic cinema vérité story about coming of age, and maturing to the point of taking destiny into one's own hands. It is a universal story of hope, courage, and life.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Something Better to Come
Danish title Børnene på Putins losseplads
Other titles Yula's Dream
Keywords Russia, Poverty, Children, Street children, Homeless children, Moscow
Director Hanna Polak
Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Director of Photography Hanna Polak
Editor Marcin Kot Bastkowski, Pernille Bech
Sound Dana Bunescu
Production country Denmark
Production company Danish Documentary Production
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Online release 16.11.2016
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11


Production company Danish Documentary Production
Co-production RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana)
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
In collaboration with EyeSteelFilm


Direction Hanna Polak
Consultant Stan Neumann
Consultant Yann Coquart
Consultant Lorenzo Hendel
Consultant Per K. Kirkegaard


Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Co-producer Anne Dillon
Production manager Dorota Rozowska
Assisting producer Sidsel Lønvig Siersted


Cinematographer Hanna Polak


Editor Marcin Kot Bastkowski
Editor Pernille Bech


Sound designer Dana Bunescu

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Best International Feature Award 2015 Auckland, Documentary Edge Festival 2015
Millinium Award for Best Documentary 2015 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2015
Special Mention 2015 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2015
VIKTOR Main Competition International Doc 2015 München Documentary Festival 2015
Special Mention of the International Jury 2015 ZagrebDox 2015
Special Jury Award 2014 Amsterdam, IDFA 2014

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
London Film Festival 2015-10-07
Message to Man 2015-09-19
DMZ South Korea 2015-09-17
Dokufest Prizren 2015-08-08
Sydney Film Festival 2015-06-03
Krakow Film Festival 2015-05-31
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2015-05-09
München Documentary Festival 2015-05-07
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2015-03-13
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2015-03-02
ZagrebDox 2015-02-23
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2015-01-27
Amsterdam, IDFA 2014-11-19
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