The first trailer and poster for director Werner Herzog’s upcoming documentary Happy People: A Year in the Taiga have been released online. The film takes place deep in the Siberian wilderness and focus on a small group of indigenous people who live in the harsh environment. This trailer promises yet another great Herzog voiceover as well as some gorgeous visuals, and I’m interested to see how the full film turns out. If you liked Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams or Grizzly Man, odds are this one will be right up your alley.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Happy People: A Year in the Taiga will open in theaters on January 25th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Happy People: A Year in the Taiga:
With HAPPY PEOPLE, Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another unforgettablejourney into remote and extreme natural landscapes. The acclaimed filmmakerpresents this visually stunning documentary about the life of indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga.
Deep in the Siberian wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhta 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. Withinsightful commentary written and narrated by Herzog, HAPPY PEOPLE follows one of the Siberian trappers through all four seasons of the year to tell the story of a culture virtually untouched by modernity.