Hanna Polak’s documentary Something Better To Come has been nominated for the Danish Film Academy Awards in January 2016.
Something Better to Come will compete for a Robert Award against four other documentaries: Andreas Koefoed’s At Home in the World; Peter Anthony’s The Man Who Saved the World; Georg Larsen’s and Kasper Vedsmand’s The Dvor Massacre; and Christian Sønderby Jepsen’s Natural Disorder.
The Danish Film Academy Award nomination is yet another honour for Hanna Polak. Something Better to Come has received multiple festival awards, including festivals in Amsterdam, Moscow and Munich. Polak’s documentary has also been shortlisted by the Producers Guild of America for the Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures and, in 2015, the American version of Newsweek included it on its list of must-see films.
Hanna Polak’s film tells the story of the inhabitants of Svalka, the biggest landfill in Europe. The Polish director recorded their lives for 14 years. Out of 400 hours of film material, Polak has created a tale about determination to survive and the struggle for dignity. The main protagonist of the film is young Yula, who has lived in the landfill since early childhood and whose biggest dream is to leave it behind.
The Robert Awards, popularly called the Danish Oscars, have been awarded each year since 1984. The laureates are selected by the 2,000-member body of the Danish Film Academy. This year, directors battling for a prize include Tobias Lindholm (A War), Anders Thomas Jansen (Men & Chicken) and Christina Rosendahl (The Idealist). The winners will be announced on 7th February 2016.
Sources: Something Better to Come - fanpage, Danish Film Academy, written by BS, translated by OK, 13 Jan 2016