Hanna Polak was in the United States in December 2015 for a screening of Something Better to Come (2014) and The Children of Leningradsky (2004) at Yale University, where the interview was conducted. Polak's devastating documentary Something Better to Come swept through the festival circuit with force, winning a Special Jury Award at IDFA along with awards at over twenty other festivals. Shot illegally on a garbage dump just outside Moscow over the course of fourteen years, the film follows a girl named Yula from age 10 to 24, as she grows up doing the things that teenagers everywhere do—experimenting with her hair color and makeup, with cigarettes and alcohol—all while living in the most difficult of conditions.
Looking Out for Something Better to Come: Interview with Director Hanna Polak
Masha Shpolberg is a PhD candidate in Film and Media Studies and Comparative Literature at Yale University. She researches documentary, the cinemas of Central and Eastern Europe, and Sound Studies. Her dissertation examines representations of labor in Polish documentary and fiction film, 1956–1989. Her articles and reviews have appeared in NECSUS: The European Journal of Media Studies, Slavic and East European Journal, L.A. Review of Books, and Film Quarterly.
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Masha Shpolberg; Looking Out for Something Better to Come: Interview with Director Hanna Polak. Film Quarterly 1 June 2016; 69 (4): 65–71. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2016.69.4.65
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