Turn Your Body to the Sun

by Aliona van der Horst

International Competition

Italian premiere

genre: doc

(Netherlands / 2021 / 93’)

The incredible life story of a Tatar Soviet soldier who was captured by the Germans Nazis during World War II and sent to one of Stalin’s brutal camps where the love for an unknown girl becomes his salvation. Today, his daughter Sana traces the path of her silent father and tries to understand what made him the man she knew as a child, through his diaries and public archives. The filmmaker accompanies the daughter in her journey to find traces of those millions of Soviet soldiers left out of the narrative of the global war. She “re-appropriates” the archival footage through mixed techniques of double pass, zoom-in and colorization looking for the soul of the image. Softly but determinately, the film starts breaking sixty years of silence.