Turn Your Body to the Sun

93 min | Netherlands | 2021

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 of two dictators: Hitler and Stalin. Softly, but determinately the film starts breaking sixty years of silence.

Directors: Aliona van der Horst

In her 20 years of filmmaking Aliona van der Horst  - born in Russia and raised in the Netherlands - has received multiple international awards for her films, screened at film festivals around the world. Because of her personal, poetic and cinematic vision, her films are profoundly compelling and touching. Her award-winning films include Love is Potatoes, Boris Ryzh, Water Children and After the Spring of ‘68. Most of her work deals with Russia, a country with which she has a love/hate relationship.

Writers: Aliona van der Horst | Producers: Ilja Roomans | Editing: Gys Zevenbergen | DOP: Rogier Timmermans | Sound: Rik Meier | Music: Anton Silaev | Language: Russian | Subtitles: English, Arabic