TURN YOUR BODY TO THE SUN
TURN YOUR BODY TO THE SUN

TURN YOUR BODY TO THE SUN

Director Aliona van der Horst

Production year 2021

Length 93min.

Country The Netherlands

screenings

11 Jul 2022 10․00 Moscow Cinema, Blue Hall
11 Jul 2022 18․00 Moscow Cinema, Blue Hall

SYNOPSIS

The incredible life story of a Soviet soldier who was captured by the Nazis during WWII. His daughter Sana searches the past to understand her silent father. As she accompanies Sana in her journey, the filmmaker excavates film archives, to find traces of those millions of Soviet soldiers, who fell victim to two dictators: Hitler and Stalin. Through the technique of ‘re-appropriating the archive’, the filmmaker searches for the soul of the image, for those subtle remnants of those millions who were omitted from the narrative of the war. Softly, but determinately the film starts breaking sixty years of silence.

CAST & CREW

Aliona van der Horst
Aliona van der Horst

Director

Producer(s)

Ilja Roomans

Director of Photography

Rogier Timmermans

Production designer

Marlieke Hoepman

Music by

Anton Silaev

Sound

Rik Meier

Edit

Gys Zevenbergen

Cast

Sana Valiulina

Production company(ies)

Docmakers

Aliona van der Horst

Born 1970. In her 20 years of filmmaking Aliona van der Horst (born in Russia, raised in the Netherlands) has received multiple international awards for her films, which were screened at film festivals around the world. Because of her personal, poetic and cinematic vision, her films are profoundly compelling and touching. Her last film, Love is Potatoes, a first-person doc that deals with post-memory in contemporary Russia, won a number of awards, including the Golden Calf Award (Dutch Oscar) in 2018. Her film Boris Ryzhy won the IDFA Mid Length Competition Award in 2008. Two other films, Water Children and After the Spring of ‘68 are first-person docs. Her films revolve around the question of how ordinary people's lives are shaped by big historical events. By zooming in to a very intimate level she tells a universal story. Most of her work deals with Russia, a country with which she has a love/hate relationship. Retrospectives of her work were held in Barcelona, Kyiv and Belgrade. She is a member of the Documentary Branch of AMPAS (Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences).


Filmography

The Lady with the White Hat (1997), After the Spring of 1968 (2001), A Passion for the Hermitage (2004), Voices of Bam (2006), Boris Ryzhy (2008), Water Children (2011), 15 Attempts (2015), Love Is Potatoes (2017), Turn Your Body to the Sun (2021).

FILMS 2022