Love is potatoes

The Netherlands, 2017, 90 min.


Aliona van der Horst




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Aliona van der Horst, Maasja Ooms


Zeppers Film

Dutch filmmaker Aliona van der Horst gets her inheritance: 6 square meters, one sixth of a small, wooden house in the Russian countryside where her mother grew up. She begins a journey into the past, back into the childhood of her Russian mother and her five sisters, all of whom struggled with fear, famine and war in Stalin’s Russia. The quest into the fate of her family becomes a loving, poignant and poetic film accompanied by the magical animation of acclaimed Italian artist Simone Massi. Along with the stories of ordinary people, the director tells the tale of Soviet terror, immense bravery and a fear that has never left those four walls.

2017 DOK Leipzig IFF (Germany) – World Premiere, Interreligious Jury Award and Honorary Mention in the International Competition
ArtDocFest Russian Open Documentary FF (Russia) – Grand Prix
2018 Biografilm IFF (Italy) – Life Tales Award
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Aliona van der Horst

Born in Moscow in 1970, studied Russian literature at the University of Amsterdam and film at the Dutch Film and Television Academy. Began her career in 1997 with The Lady with the White Hat. Has received multiple awards (the Special Jury Prize at the Tribeca IFF for Voices of Bam (2006), the Grand Prix of the FIFA Montreal for The Hermitage Dwellers (2004), the ‘Silver Wolf Award’ at the IDFA for Boris Ryzhy (2008), etc.). Received the Jan Kassies award for outstanding achievement.

Selected filmography

2008 Boris Ryzhy

2006 Voices of Bam

2004 The Hermitage Dwellers

1997 The Lady with the White Hat