Could the release of German director Werner Herzog’s documentary about living in a remote Siberian village be more appropriately timed? Opening tonight at the IFC Center, “Happy People: A Year in the Taiga” explores a culture virtually untouched by modern society deep in Siberia’s extreme landscape. While a week of arctic temps might leave many New Yorkers feeling incredibly grumpy, these locals live without telephones, running water, or medical aid. This snowy flick provides some thought-provoking insight—and, well, at least it’s indoors.
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga