Aliona van der Horst, Netherlands, 2017, 90’
With her mother incapacitated by a stroke, the Dutch filmmaker Aliona van der Horst travels to her childhood home in Russia to claim her inheritance: one sixth of a ramshackle house. Filled with artefacts from a society racked by fear and poverty, the house’s decline echoes the falling apart of the old Soviet Union, the structure that both comforted and chastised its subjects. The family have never quite forgiven Aliona’s mother for deserting the motherland but slowly warm to Aliona as she tries to piece together her mother’s early life through photographs, letters and her aunts’ testimonies. Complemented by the celebrated artist Simone Massi’s exquisite hand-drawn animation this gently modulated family portrait digs deeply into the Russian psyche to reveal a stoic and resilient people.
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Aliona van der Horst born in Russia, in 1970, has directed four international award-winning documentaries. She studied Russian literature at the University of Amsterdam and film at the Dutch Film and Television Academy. Beginning her career in 1997 with the much-acclaimed The Lady with the White Hat, she since has received multiple awards for most of her films, among them the Special Jury Prize at the Tribeca film festival for Voices of Ban (2006), and the ‘Silver Wolf Award’ at IDFA, and Best Documentary award at Edinburgh Film Festival for her film Boris Ryzhy (2008).
Director: Aliona van der Horst
Producer: Frank van den Engel
Camera: Aliona van der Horst, Maasja Ooms,
Editor: Aliona van der Horst, Maasja Ooms, Oliver Huddleston
Sound: Tim van Peppen
Music: Stefano Sasso
Saturday 21st July, 2.45pm, The Adam Room Cinema (Q&A)
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