Watch: Werner Herzog's 'Happy People: Year in the Taiga' Doc Trailer

January 11, 2013

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

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?

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This is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen, Herzog is the king and it's amazing how he can make wilderness survival a metaphor for life.

Matt Peloquin on Jan 11, 2013


How? Says hits theaters January 25th, 2013, is it on VOD?

David Banner on Jan 11, 2013


I saw it back in 2010 so I'm not sure what's going on here.

Matt Peloquin on Jan 12, 2013


you are probably thinking of ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD. Herzog's doc about Antarctica from 2007.

Kath on Jan 13, 2013


No I'm not, this is the one with the trapper in Siberia with the dogs that he makes sleep outside no matter how cold out it is. I'm not sure why it says it hasn't been released because it has. Even Joe a rogan talks about this film all the time on his podcast.

Matt Peloquin on Jan 14, 2013


"to tell the story of a society untouched by modernity" So what's up with the snowmobile?

Nash on Jan 11, 2013


absolutely beautiful....a must-see.

$6296288 on Jan 11, 2013


Herzog has that eye and thought pattern that make me interested in anything he does! including cameos in cartoons for crying out loud.. always excited to see his work and hear his thoughts

Lando on Jan 11, 2013


Get some oil rigs in there, looks a boring place, not enough lights.

Carpola on Jan 13, 2013

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