“A thrilling travelogue through a spectacular landscape. - Salon

“Remarkable." - The Village Voice

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

About the Film

With Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes. The acclaimed filmmaker presents this visually stunning documentary about the people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. 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 centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. With insightful commentary written and narrated by Herzog, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga follows one of the Siberian trappers through all four seasons of the year to tell the story of a culture virtually untouched by modernity.
Director: Herzog & Vasyukov
Release Date: 01/25/13

Reactions

"Another EXTRAORDINARY human story for a MASTER DOCUMENTARIAN." - Total Film

"A MESMERIZING Walden-like ode." - Variety

“A thrilling travelogue through a spectacular landscape. - Andrew O’Hehir,  Salon

"Vasyukov and Herzog are united in their fascination with the particulars of how to thrive in some of the harshest conditions on Earth. The pleasure of Happy People comes from watching these men go about their work." - Noel Murray, AV Club

"An extraordinary work." - Adam Spunberg, ScreenPicks

"...an engrossing look at a culture that many viewers have never been exposed to, and as usual, Herzog’s even-paced, accented narration is a joy to listen to." - Jonah Flicker, Paste Magazine

“Remarkable. [Happy People] will inspire many viewers to imagine a go at this fat-of-the-land life.” - Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice

CRITIC'S PICK “Gorgeous! A Herzogian rumination on life lived at the extremes” - Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

"A lyrical portrait of self-reliance." - Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

“Consistently compelling. Featuring scenes of such haunting natural beauty…it’s enough to make even the most devoted city dweller long for a sojourn in an unscarred wilderness.” - Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

"Spectacular! You don't want to miss 'Happy People' on the big screen." - James Verniere, Boston Herald

Awards & Festivals

  • Official Selection - Telluride Film Festival
  • Official Selection - Vancouver Film Festival

Technical Info

Production Year: 2010
Release Date: 01/25/13
Languages: English, Russian
Running Time: 1h 30m
Screen Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby
Color: Color
Rating: Unrated

Theaters

New York
New York
1/25/13
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
2/15/13
Minneapolis
Minnesota
2/15/13
Seattle
Washington
2/15/13
Boston
Massachusetts
2/15/13
Atlanta
Georgia
2/15/13
Los Angeles
California
2/15/13
Portland
Oregon
2/22/13
Salt Lake City
Utah
2/22/13
Los Angeles
California
2/22/13
New York
New York
2/22/13
Chicago
Illinois
2/22/13
San Diego
California
2/22/13
Denver
Colorado
2/22/13
Berkeley
California
2/22/13
San Francisco
California
2/22/13
Portland
Maine
2/22/13
Washington D.C.
District of Columbia
2/22/13
Irvine
California
3/1/13
Salem
Massachusetts
3/1/13
Amherst
Massachusetts
3/1/13
Fairfax
Virginia
3/1/13
Austin
Texas
3/1/13
Santa Fe
New Mexico
3/1/13
Santa Cruz
California
3/1/13
Richmond
Virginia
3/1/13
Scottsdale
Arizona
3/1/13
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
3/1/13
Minneapolis
Minnesota
3/1/13
Asbury Park
New Jersey
3/1/13
San Diego
California
3/1/13
Washington, D.C.
District of Columbia
3/1/13
Austin
Texas
3/1/13
Bellingham
Washington
3/1/13
Monterey
California
3/1/13
Houston
Texas
3/1/13
Gainesville
Florida
3/8/13
Omaha
Nebraska
3/8/13
Madison
Wisconsin
3/8/13
Palm Desert
California
3/8/13
New Haven
Connecticut
3/8/13
Rockland
Maine
3/8/13
St. Louis
Missouri
3/8/13
Tucson
Arizona
3/8/13
Detroit
Michigan
3/15/13
Columbus
Ohio
3/15/13
Charlottesville
Virginia
3/15/13
Kansas City
Missouri
3/15/13
Hilo
Hawaii
3/15/13
TSL
Hudson
New York
3/16/13
Ann Arbor
Michigan
3/16/13
Hartford
Connecticut
3/17/13
Taos
New Mexico
3/17/13
Salina
Kansas
3/22/13
Providence
Rhode Island
3/29/13
Savannah
Georgia
3/29/13
Boise
Idaho
3/29/13
Raleigh
North Carolina
3/29/13
Missoula
Montana
3/29/13
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
4/4/13
Albuquerque
New Mexico
4/4/13
Bend
Oregon
4/5/13
Lincoln City
Oregon
4/5/13
Doylestown
Pennsylvania
4/5/13
San Luis Obispo
California
4/5/13
Norfolk
Virginia
4/5/13
Lawrence
Kansas
4/12/13
Cincinnati
Ohio
4/12/13
Ashland
Oregon
4/12/13
Hanover
New Hampshire
4/13/13
Tunkhannock
Pennsylvania
4/15/13
Anchorage
Alaska
4/15/13
Boulder
Colorado
4/17/13
Miami
Florida
4/17/13
Port Orchard
Washington
4/19/13
Roanoke
Virginia
4/19/13
Reading
Pennsylvania
4/19/13
Honolulu
Hawaii
4/19/13
Greensboro
North Carolina
4/19/13
Nevada City
California
4/21/13

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Awards & Festivals

  • Official Selection - Telluride Film Festival
  • Official Selection - Vancouver Film Festival

Reactions

"Another EXTRAORDINARY human story for a MASTER DOCUMENTARIAN." - Total Film

"A MESMERIZING Walden-like ode." - Variety

“A thrilling travelogue through a spectacular landscape. - Andrew O’Hehir,  Salon

"Vasyukov and Herzog are united in their fascination with the particulars of how to thrive in some of the harshest conditions on Earth. The pleasure of Happy People comes from watching these men go about their work." - Noel Murray, AV Club

"An extraordinary work." - Adam Spunberg, ScreenPicks

"...an engrossing look at a culture that many viewers have never been exposed to, and as usual, Herzog’s even-paced, accented narration is a joy to listen to." - Jonah Flicker, Paste Magazine

“Remarkable. [Happy People] will inspire many viewers to imagine a go at this fat-of-the-land life.” - Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice

CRITIC'S PICK “Gorgeous! A Herzogian rumination on life lived at the extremes” - Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

"A lyrical portrait of self-reliance." - Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

“Consistently compelling. Featuring scenes of such haunting natural beauty…it’s enough to make even the most devoted city dweller long for a sojourn in an unscarred wilderness.” - Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

"Spectacular! You don't want to miss 'Happy People' on the big screen." - James Verniere, Boston Herald

Detailed Film Info

With Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes. The acclaimed filmmaker presents this visually stunning documentary about the people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. 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 centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. With insightful commentary written and narrated by Herzog, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga follows one of the Siberian trappers through all four seasons of the year to tell the story of a culture virtually untouched by modernity.

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