An animation is like a dream; the landscape and people change all the time. This animation is subjective memory: it is mine and Simone's interpretation of the memories of my mother, and the life of my grandparents. My mother died, so she can't say anymore if this is how she sees it. That frees me of being too strict with the historical truth. But still: there is a very fine line: some details are still important and should be right. The Italian animator Simone Massi drew a donkey to plough the land, like they used in Italy for centuries. But Russian farmers didn't use donkeys, they used horses instead. So then he drew this horse.

Aliona van der Horst