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In this authentic portrait of teenaged self-discovery, recently-dumped seventeen-year-old Lina and free spirit Leco travel to visit Lina's extended family in the quirky town of Modra, Slovakia.
A deeply affecting portrait of self-discovery and desire, MODRA
showcases Slovakian-born director Ingrid Veninger’s remarkable, naturally assured talent. On a whim, the sunny and quietly confident Lina (Hallie Switzer) invites the intense yet vulnerable Leco (Alexander Gammal) on a trip to visit her extended family in Modra, Slovakia. The film’s sun-soaked hues illuminate the teens as they wander old-world streets and endless meadows, while a cool folk-rock score complements the film’s meditative feel. True to her roots as a fearless, risk-taking producer, Veninger takes numerous gambles in her first solo directing effort, most notably with a cast that consists entirely of first-time actors.
Best Canadian Actor, Vancouver International Film Festival * Toronto International Film Festival * Atlantic Film Festival * Calgary International Film Festival * Panelist Statement
The story of two Toronto teens on an awkward vacation in Slovakia, MODRA
crackles with life, humour, and beauty, thanks to the revelatory performances of its leads - newcomers Alexander Gammal and Hallie Switzer- and the charm of the townsfolk who surround them. Veninger combines a documentarian's sense of truth with a sumptuous visual style, creating a film that is both utterly honest and beautifully cinematic.
- Liane Balaban
Free of pretenses and ploys, MODRA
takes a harder road with its bold simplicity and is all the more rewarding for it. It’s honest. It’s tender. It’s utterly charming. The film is alight with talent, and its brightest fire is assured director Ingrid Veninger.
- Agata Smoluch del Sorbo