Turn Your Body to the Sun

Turn Your Body to the Sun

24th TDF: European Premiere

The incredible story of a Soviet Tatar prisoner of war, who after World War II, is sent to one of Stalin’s brutal camps. There, the love for an unknown girl becomes his salvation. Sixty years later his daughter Sana is tracing the path of her silent father. Sana 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 left out of the narrative of the war.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market.

Direction: Aliona van der Horst
Cinematography: Rogier Timmermans
Editing: Gys Zevenbergen
Sound: Rik Meier, Mark Glynne, Tom Bijnen
Music: Anton Silaev
Production: Docmakers
Producers: Ilja Roomans
Co-production: NTR
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: The Netherlands
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 93΄
Contact: Taskovski Films

Aliona van der Horst


2001 After the Spring of ’68
2004 The Hermitage Dwellers/A Passion for the Hermitage
2006 Voices of Bam (co-direction)
2011 Water Children
2017 Love is Potatoes
2021 Turn Your Body to the Sun