Written, Produced and Directed by Ingrid Veninger
Introducing Hallie Switzer and Alexander Gammal
Cinematographer Ian Anderson
A pUNK films production produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada
World Premiere at TIFF 2010
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
Canadian filmmaker Ingrid Veninger stars daughter Hallie Switzer in this low key coming of age/teen romance story set in Slovakia - not that Hallie wouldn't have known what to expect. Her brother Jacob starred in Ingrid's acclaimed film Only (2008) which also dealt with the world of young love.
“ONLY, which I made with my son Jacob, was a remarkable experience both as parent and director,” Veninger says. “He was about to turn 13, and the film explored first love and that time just before we become adolescents. When Hallie, my daughter, turned 17, I knew it would be important for us to create something together, before she finished high school and was off into the world – and that’s how MODRA was born.”
If this were a Hollywood film cast with the latest and hottest tween stars, (who were probably actually in their 20's!) the two of them would slowly discover a burgeoning romance, with the possibility of a romantic rival or two to spice up the story line. But this film aims not to be summer blockbuster entertainment, but a more subtle and realistic look at the uniquely confusing predicament that is teenage desire.
It's a thoughtful portrait of teen life that should appeal to adults just as much as teenaged filmgoers.