Netherlands 2021, 93 min, Russian and Dutch, Hebrew & English subtitles

When he was 19, Sandar found himself between Stalin and Hitler. He was one of millions of Soviet soldiers who were sent to fight the Nazis, captured, and then, condemned as traitors by their homeland for coming back alive, sent to labor camps in Siberia. When he returned to Moscow 14 years later, he refused to talk. Now, his daughter, Sana, tries to piece together what happened to him during and after the war using his diaries and letters to her mother. She searches the colorized archive footage for the face of the youth he had been before he became her silent father. She finds others like him, young men captured in the Battle for Smolensk or elsewhere, who were passed from hand to hand, from the Germans to the Americans and back to Mother Russia—toy soldiers in the hands of the great powers.

Previous Festivals: IDFA

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Screening Schedule:
  • Thu 26.05 | 14:30 | Venue Cinematheque 1
  • Tue 31.05 | 15:00 | Venue Cinematheque 1
  • Fri 03.06 | 10:15 | Venue Cinematheque 4
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

In her 20 years of filmmaking, Aliona van der Horst (born in in Russia and raised in the Netherlands) has received multiple international awards for her films, which were screened at film festivals around the world. Because of her personal, poetic and cinematic vision, her films are profoundly compelling and touching.

Production: Ilja Roomans
Editing: Gys Zevenbergen
Cinematography: Roger Timmermans
Sound Design: Mark Glynne, Tom Bijnen
Music: Anton Silaev

Source: Taskovski Films