Ingrid Veninger is the recent winner of the Jay Scott prize for emerging artists. She is a multi-talented director who also writes, acts and produces. She also teaches at York University where the screening is to take place.
Like all of her films, Modra is a modest yet beautifully accomplished film. Using members of her own family, it tells the story of a touching relationship between two youngsters who travel to Modra, Slovakia to meets her relatives. It is fulled with humour, subtle emotions and keenly observed moments.
Also, try to catch her other films Only and i am a good person/i am a bad person. Only is currently available to view on iTunes.
Screening: Ingrid Veninger's Modra
Jan 23, 2012, 2:30pm-4pm
004 Accolade East Building, York University
Ingrid Veninger, a contract faculty member in York's Department of Film, presents her critically-acclaimed feature film, Modra (2010).
Modra tells the story of two teenagers who discover themselves - and one another - on a week-long summer visit to Slovakia.
Veninger wrote, produced and directed the production, which stars her daughter Hallie Switzer.
Modra premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, which hailed it as one of the ten best Canadian films of that year. It was also an Official Selection at the 2010 Atlantic Film Festival and Sao Paulo International Film Festival, and won the People's Choice Award at the Bratislava Internation Film Festival and Best Actor at the Vancouver International Film Festival, 2010. Released theatrically across Canada in May 2011, the film continues to screen at festivals and is slated for international theatrical release.
What the critics said:
"...an entrancing character study that showcases [Veninger's] remarkable talent" -
- Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo, TIFF
"... a beautiful film with sincere performances that will make you want to rush out and book a flight to Slovakia." - Brian McKechnie, CityNews.ca
"Lovingly filmed ...what unfolds isn't quite a romance and is much more interesting for that." - Adam Nayman, EYE Weekly
"... a prime example of heartfelt DIY filmmaking that really works... " - Alissa Simon, VARIETY
"A real gem... I can't recommend MODRA enough." - Tom Hall, IndieWIRE
Admission to this screening is free. Please note: seating is limited.