by twhalliii
August 31, 2010 3:44 AM
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Making my plans for Toronto now; scouring the schedule and trying to make sure I see everything I need to see. One of the movies I am most excited about is Ingrid Veninger's Modra, a beautifully crafted teen romance that is one of the director's best films. We were proud to feature Modra as a work-in-progress at the Sarasota Film Festival back in April, and I think the experience helped Ingrid shape the movie in a meaningful way. I have not seen the final cut yet (I'll see it in Toronto), but if you're headed to Toronto and want to find a real gem among the hundreds of films that are screening, I can't recommend Modra enough.

In the meantime, Ingrid's previous film, the beautiful coming of age romance ONLY is now available on Amazon VOD and Netflix. As I wrote back in 2008 when I discovered ONLY at Toronto:

"...It gets so many things right and does so without a single superfluous shot or gesture that you can’t help but fall in love with the movie, with these characters. We’ve all felt the blush of first love, but how many of us remember the vulnerability of that moment? Who could articulate that feeling today, that rush of blood to your cheeks, the conflict between fear of the unknown and desire? As Daniel and Vera draw closer together, they navigate each step of the way, each emotion, with clarity, warmth, humor and an emotional realism that is a delight to watch."

Fire up your VOD system and give ONLY a chance, then be sure to check out the lovely Modra at Toronto and beyond... Ingrid Veninger is just the type of hard-working, independent filmmaker that could really use your support. Get to it!

Ingrid Veninger's ONLY

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  • James McNally | September 4, 2010 6:23 AMReply

    I haven't seen ONLY yet, but what I find remarkable is that she has made her last two films on the tiniest of budgets and used nonprofessional leads who happen to be HER OWN CHILDREN. Can you imagine how that might have gone so terribly wrong? And yet, from all reports, she coaxes wonderful performances out of both her son in ONLY, and her daughter in MODRA.

    I wish her the best of luck at TIFF and on Netflix and beyond.

  • Mostra girl | September 2, 2010 11:30 AMReply


  • Mostra girl | September 2, 2010 11:22 AMReply

    watch this: (jury opening conference)

    the photocall pictures are funny, 'he' is so short !!!!!!!

  • Dylan Marchetti | September 1, 2010 2:43 AMReply

    I could not agree more. This movie stunned me- a lot of films purport to "bring you back" and ask you to "remember"- while this one simply, and unassumingly, delivers up the goods. Before you know what's happening, you FEEL. I see probably 250-300 films a year, and I can't say I've ever felt this way watching a film.

    And, Ingrid is a wonderful human who deserves millions of dollars thrown at her. Barring that, let's get her some Netflix views under her belt.

  • Rene Broussard | September 1, 2010 1:22 AMReply

    I go to the Toronto Film Festival every year. I see anywhere from 55 to 58 films each year. Two years ago I saw a film that was so fresh, honest and compelling that I bought tickets to take some friends of mine to see it with me again. That film was ONLY by Ingrid Veninger and Simon Reynolds. There wasn't a false note in the film. It was absolutely perfect. It went on to be my favorite film of the year. I can't recommend it enough.

    I later brought Ingrid, the film and two of the bands from it's amazing soundtrack (Joanne Mackell and the Paradise Rangers + Wee Golden) as part of our monthly series CANADA IS BIGGER THAN THE U.S., down to my theater in New Orleans. Audiences loved it and you will too.