Watch: Werner Herzog's 'Happy People: Year in the Taiga' Doc Trailer
by Ben Pearson
January 11, 2013
Though he may have just played the villain opposite Tom Cruise in Christopher McQuarrie's Jack Reacher, Werner Herzog's first love has always been documentary films. We've just been sent the trailer for his latest film, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, in which the filmmaker turns his lens on a small population that lives in a huge Siberian tundra. It doesn't appear to have any sort of larger agenda other than capturing a slice of life in an area of the world most people have probably never heard of, and it's totally captivating and utterly hypnotic. It's everything that we've come to expect from Herzog. Watch this!
Here's the trailer for Werner Herzog's Happy People: A Year in the Taiga from YouTube:
Deep in the Siberian wilderness, leagues away from civilization, a mere 300 people inhabit the village of Bakhtia on the river Yenisei. This outpost can only be reached in two ways: by boat and helicopter. There is no running water, no medical aid or even a single telephone. The locals, whose daily routines have hardly changed over the centuries, live self-reliantly by their cultural values and traditions. Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man, Into the Abyss) wrote, narrated, and co-directed Happy People: A Year in the Taiga which follows a few veteran Siberian trappers through the Taiga's four seasons to tell the story of a society untouched by modernity. The film hits theaters starting on January 25th, 2013. Interested?