DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Love Is Potatoes

Love Is Potatoes

A cheerful woman exercises on the balcony. Paper is burnt in the snow. A whole room full of worn shoes. The house is bursting with souvenirs, details, whose meaning is elusive – or lost forever. One day the Dutch filmmaker Aliona van der Horst’s mother met a Dutch man, married him and left Russia. Only when van der Horst receives her inheritance – a dilapidated wooden house somewhere in Russia – does she take a closer look at her mother’s, and her mother’s mother’s background and that of the latter’s five daughters.

Intercut with Italian artist Simone Massi’s powerful animations, “Love Is Potatoes” brings a dark chapter of Soviet Russian history to life, faced in various ways by those affected. Dismissal and denial are among their strategies, but also a written approach by letters. This film is informed by great pain. Nonetheless, the director never yields to the temptation to turn it into a showpiece. In a well-composed and measured way she brings together elements that often seem like pieces of a puzzle.

Carolin Weidner

Honorary Mention in the International Competition
Prize of the Interreligious Jury

Original Title: Liefde is aardappelen
Country: Netherlands
Year: 2017
Language: Dutch, Russian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 90 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour and B&W
Director: Aliona van der Horst
Producer: Frank van den Engel
Cinematographer: Aliona van der Horst, Maasja Ooms
Editor: Maasja Ooms, Ollie Huddleston, Aliona van der Horst
Animation: Simone Massi
Sound: Tim van Peppen
Music: Stefano Sasso
Script: Aliona van der Horst

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.