"The warmest, sweetest, loveliest thing I've seen in a long, long time. It is impossible not to love this movie."
Jacob Tierney

"A wonderful film. I laughed, I cried, I had popcorn."
Yank Azman

"I like MODRA... I like how it was made."
Peter Mettler

"MODRA is a lovely, honest portrayal of the vicissitudes of young love. Gentle and beautiful."
Patricia Rozema

"You'll like this movie if you have ever been 17, ever been the parent of a 17 year old, or have ever fled a war torn country, been displaced, and then returned to those left behind. It's a great Canadian story!"
Julia Grant

"I was so impressed with the performances, the visuals and sound - what a tribute to family and art!"
Deborah Barnett

"You don t need big budgets. You need vision and heart. This made my heart open."
Billie Mintz

"I adored this film! I smiled throughout. It brought back memories of that unique time of life like it was yesterday."
Chris Owens

"If you haven't seen MODRA consider yourself less fulfilled than if you had."
Christopher Bolton

"Thank you for making MODRA and thank you for sharing it with us. The film gave me hope that true independent filmmaking is still alive."
Babak Amouoghli

"MODRA is the most authentic film I've seen in a really long time."
Erik Paulsson

"MODRA is a work of art, and Ingrid Veninger builds off the passion she exuded in her previous film, ONLY, to create an accurate, painful, joyous and complete vision of what it's like to be in that limbo age of 17... An exceptional, personal, indie love letter to youth and wonder."
Warren P. Sonoda

"MODRA reminded me of when I visited my grandma's home town in Bulgaria when I was fourteen. Although without the love interest! Congratulations."
Dylan Macleod

"I really don't know who you are, don't know the actors in this film, I don't know if they are famous and rich. But I know this. This film has touched me and touched my life in such positive ways. I want the people in this film to know... whatever value the world puts on their life... for me... this film is worth everything."
Carol Tysdal

"So charming, funny and deeply human."
John Frizzell

"Watching the movie MODRA was really interesting for me, because I studied in Modra for 4 years and I worked in Modra for 10 years. I know the family Dugovic a little bit, because I am a student of your Aunt Elena Dugovicova for a long time. I really appreciate the summer atmosphere of the city and the scenes with old members of the family. Sometimes I really felt like I was on a holiday."
Jana Vadovicova, Slovakia

"For me it was very interesting to see Modra from another point of view. I live 9 km from Modra, but I have to admit, I saw some nice places in your film for the first time. Thank-you."
Danica Nogova, Slovakia

"Let me introduce myself. My name is Marta Mučková and I am living in Modra. Elenka Dugovicová is my teacher. During my English lesson I heard about you: Elenka s very successful relative, born in Bratislava, but after emigration of parents, living many years in Canada. It was my pleasure to see your movie MODRA. I'm not the expert for evaluation of actors, but for me both Hallie and Alexander were excellent. Beautiful scenes, together with music, escalated in fireworks of juvenescence and happiness demonstrated during the end visit to Bratislava."
Marta Múčková

"Your film is very good. The town Modra is very interesting in the film. Camera is very good. I have never see sunrise from "Calvary". Now, I have to see it. My daughter played a small part in the film. She is student of English. Her question is: "What is your favourite place in Canada?" Thank you! Today, Modra is very beautiful for me."

"My name is Brano. I study at Elena Dugovicova's English school. We watched your film MODRA. I know Modra quite well, and it was pleasant for me to see my streets and places in town from another angle. It was very funny was to see your aunt Elena as the actress! I never believe that she would be so good actress. Her performance was excellent. Her English was very good, because I understand her nearly everything. Lina's performance was very good too. Her English was not so good for me, but she is lovely young lady. I like her attitude and her relationship to Slovak people."

"I am attending English classes at Elena Dugovicova's school and we watched your two films recently (ONLY & MODRA). We watched the films at our last lessons and now we are enacting the dialogues for English practice. It is very funny. I loved the scenes in MODRA, and plot and nearly everything. I live in Modra. I guess that is why I loved the film."

Lina is 17 years old and lives in Toronto with her mother. For one week during the summer holidays she plans to visit her extended family in Modra, a small town in Slovakia. When Lina is dumped by her boyfriend she invites Leco instead, a cute boy from school.

Not long after arriving in Modra, Lina and Leco discover they have little in common. To make matters worse, Lina's family assumes that a romance is afoot. So far from home, they are forced to confront one another leading to an explosion of repressed desire and confusion.

Featuring performances by newcomers Hallie Switzer and Alexander Gammal, MODRA is a journey into the heightened emotional chaos of two teenagers, a time when adulthood has not yet arrived, but childhood seems to have already long vanished.

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"A real gem... I can't recommend MODRA enough."
Tom Hall

"Switzer and Gammal are naturals... Veninger's deceptively relaxed style captures every glance, outburst and hesitation."
Norman Wilner
NOW Magazine

"an intensely personal film ... completely familiar to anyone who has endured the turmoil of teenage love."
Linda Barnard
The Toronto Star

"MODRA is a beautiful film with sincere performances that will make you want to rush out and book a flight to Slovakia."
Brian McKechnie


"Veninger displays a confident control of tone and pacing... a prime example of heartfelt DIY filmmaking that really works... poignantly alert to the nuances of teen life, perfectly capturing that confusing betwixt-and-between time..."
Alissa Simon

"A rich little film... The town of Modra, near Bratislava is gritty and beautiful at the same time, as are the people."
Jim Slotek
The Toronto Sun

"Modest and appealing a breezy travelogue... the easy, natural performances from the young actors are refreshingly realistic... awkward, curious, empathetic and, mostly, a pleasure to hang out with."
Liam Lacey
The Globe and Mail

"Lovingly filmed, but what unfolds isn't quite a romance and is much more interesting for that."
Adam Nayman
EYE Weekly

WINNER Best Canadian Actor
To Alexander Gammal: "for his transparent vulnerability and heartbreaking authenticity in a performance of emotional maturity that belies that of a firsttime actor."
VIFF Jury Member
Deborah Kara Unger

"A thoughtful portrait of teen life that should appeal to adults just as much as teenaged filmgoers."
Anya Wassenberg
Art & Culture Maven

"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
Canada's TOP TEN Panel

"Lyrical and lilting... A very compassionate work."
Steve Gravestock
Associate Director Canadian Programming, TIFF

"Charming, fragile and risky."
Matthieu Darras
Artistic Director Bratislava Film Festival, Programmer Critic's Week Cannes

"Toronto-based director/writer Ingrid Veninger sure knows how to capture the life-affirming essence of a teenage holiday overseas."
Kim Hughes
Hollywood North

"... a film so delicate, inspiring, moving and heartbreaking that it connects with all who see it on a very personal level."
Greg Klymkiw
Electric Sheep

"A cousin to Linklater's BEFORE SUNRISE, MODRA offers an insightful perspective on Generation Y... True to her fearless producing roots, Veninger takes risks, notably with a cast that consists entirely of first-time actors, many of whom are family. In a country where women tend to occupy the role of producer more often than director, Veninger's ability to cross over is inspiring."
Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo
TIFF Programmer

"... extremely moving, honest and heartfelt ... Impossible to dislike!"
Gilbert Seah
Cinema Eye

"A gentle, verite travelogue of two kids on the cusp of adulthood. I like this kind of almost-documentary film when it works and in MODRA, it really works."
Lucian Marin
The Journalist

"... both Switzer and Gammal are vulnerable and endearing, complete with the awkward pauses, unaffected dialogue, and hesitancy that can't be recreated by twenty-five-year olds playing teens on television."
Emily Landau

"This is a film in the finest tradition of intimate realism."
Stephanie Damgaard
Canadian Images Associate Programmer, VIFF

"... a defiantly lyrical relationship flick where nothing and everything seems to happen at once."
Lia Rinaldo
Festival Director, Atlantic Film Festival

"MODRA is personal filmmaking at its best."
Peter Hemminger
Programmer, Calgary International Film Festival

"Fresh and funny and awkward and serious... like teenage love."
Pablo Conde
Mar del Plata International Film Festival

"Highly recommended."
Ken Eisner
The Georgia Straight

"Ingrid Veninger has a keen observational eye. Such a simple film, yet so effective and affecting."
David Eng
(Top Ten of TIFF 2010)

"MODRA is not your typical coming-of-age story. It's better. It's a well thought-out portrayal of teen romance that should appeal to just about anyone."
The Panic Manual

"Beautiful filmmaking... imbued with an atmosphere of magic and created with so much love... It reminded me of the summer I spent in Hungary when I was 12."
Anna Hardwick
First Weekend Club

"This is personal filmmaking of a refreshingly modest stripe. Call it humble-core."
Adam Nayman
EYE Weekly

"The movie drifts in and out of the viewer's mind like an idle daydream... MODRA tells a story of what home is really all about - and it's not so much about place as it is about people."
Katherine Monk
Vancouver Sun

"Veninger, who also wrote the script, expertly directs her first-time actors, capturing a kind of standoffish desire that breaks like waves across the screen."
Chris Knight
The National Post

"extraordinarily naturalistic performances"
Phil Brown
Metro Canada

"This quadruple talented filmmaker can evoke those first pangs and pleasures of love better than most directors in the world."
Marc Glassman
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