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Spain, 2012

Production : Dok Films

Programmed by Line Peyron


French, English

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Late one evening, Brazilian documentarist Sergio Oksman was walking along the streets of Madrid when he found a box full of photographs, letters, and other papers documenting the lives of the mysterious Modlin family. After working as an extra on Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Elmer Modlin left the United States with his wife and son and moved to Madrid. There, entirely hidden from the surrounding world, they artistically played out their bizarre apocalyptic vision. Masterfully crafted, with a bewitching atmosphere and directorial flair, the picture clearly proves that only life itself can shape the strongest stories

Tënk's opinion

Have you ever wondered about the stories behind pictures of strangers? What’s true, and what’s just a figment of your imagination? From the very beginning, the director lets us know that he’s going to do as he pleases, offering the Modlin family a novelistic retelling that would almost certainly have pleased them. The approach is simple and leaves even more room for imagination. The photos scroll by and we make our own cinema from this reality. We might wonder about the stories we invent versus reality – but what is reality?

Line Peyron
Head of diffusion of Tënk

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