Love is Potatoes

Film maker Aliona van der Horst inherited a room of six square meters in a Russian house. This documentary will unfold the history of her countryside family; how it is shaped by and suffered from the cruel Soviet regime.


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Aliona van der Horst

Aliona van der Horst

Dutch director Aliona van der Horst has directed four international award-winning documentaries.  She was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1970 and studied Russian literature at the University of Amsterdam and film at the Dutch Film and Television Academy. She began her career in 1997 with the much-acclaimed The Lady with the White Hat and since then has received multiple awards for most of her films, among them the Special Jury Prize at the Tribeca film festival for Voices of Bam (2006), and the Grand Prix of the FIFA Montreal for The Hermitage Dwellers (2004). Recently she has received the Jan Kassies award by the Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund, for outstanding achievement. For her latest documentary Boris Ryzhy (2008) she received the ‘Silver Wolf Award’ at the IDFA 2008, Best Documentary Award at Edinburgh Filmfestival 2009 , the Award of the Dutch Filmjournalists and the Special Jury Prize at the FIFA, Montréal.


Director Aliona van der Horst
Cinematographer Aliona van der Horst/Maasja Ooms
Sound recordist Tim van Peppen
Animations Simone Massi
Broadcaster VPRO
Ditribution Netherlands Periscoop Film