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"Artdocfest Open" competition program
"Artdocfest Open" competition program
Turn Your Body to the Sun
  • 93 min
  • Russian, Dutch
  • English
The incredible life story of a Tatar Soviet soldier who was captured by the Germans Nazis during WWII. Today, his daughter Sana is tracing the path of her silent father, tries to understand what made him the man she knew as a child, through his diaries, various personal and public archives and registries. As she accompanies the daughter in her journey, the filmmaker excavates film archives, to find traces of those millions of Soviet soldiers who were caught in the fire of dictators fighting, who were there but were easily left out of the narrative of the global war. As she “re-appropriates” the archival footage through mixed techniques of double pass, zoom-in and colorization, the filmmaker searches for the soul of the image, for those small and subtle remnants of a massive, yet casually omitted, human tragedy. Softly, but determinately the film starts breaking sixty years of silence.
Showtimes
Riga
Splendid Palace
March 4
18:30
Film crew
  • Director:
    Aliona van der Horst
  • Screenwriter:
    Aliona van der Horst
  • Cinematographer:
    Rogier Timmermans
  • Producer:
    Ilja Roomans
  • Composer:
    Anton Silaev
  • Sound operator:
    Rik Meier
Information
  • Theme:
    History, War
  • Film studio:
    Docmakers
  • Language:
    Russian, Dutch
  • Subtitles:
    English
  • Artdocfest 2023
    Artdocfest Open
  • International festivals
    IDFA
  • International festivals
    Thessaloniki International Film Festival