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Family Motel

Premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival 2007

  A cocktail was held at the Jello Bar August 30, 2007 at the
Montreal World Film Festival
 before the premiere of the film "Family Motel,"
shot in Ottawa last summer.
 Instinct Films producer Ina Fichman; National Film Board of Canada Producer, Ravida Din;
Director Helene Klodawsky.

Starring Nargis, Asha Jibril, and  Sagal Jibril


Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois:
Alex and Ruth Dworkin Prize for a Film that Promotes Tolerance Screening
Museum of Modern Art, NYC, March 2008

Family Motel is one of the most important and affecting movies I've ever taken in.
It speaks for the millions of marginalized refugees in the West
 with a degree of realism and authenticity I don't think I've ever seen on film before.
Five stars for both content and cinematic art."
Alex Shoumatoff, contributing editor,
Vanity Fair



Jury Attacked:
Animation at the Montreal World Film Festival

From Gargoyles to Ant-Horses:  Animation at the
Montreal World Film Festival,


Famous Genes and Amazing Grace at Montreal Film Fest, 2001

Robert De Niro, 26th Montreal World Film Festival, 2002

Blind Spot, 26th Montreal World Film Festival, 2002

The Montreal World Film Festival 2003

A Portrait of Grief and Mourning ( For the Living and the Dead, Kari Paljakka, Finland)
North American Premiere, 2005

The Montreal World Film Festival 2005

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Nicholas Cage
James Woods
American Actors

Absolut Warhola, directed by Stanislaw Mucha, 80 minutes, 2001, Germany.
With humor and an affinity for people, Polish born (1970) Stanislaw Mucha traces American pop artist Andy Warhol's family roots back to two small villages in Eastern Europe.

Warhol's eccentric relatives are proud their connection to him and he has become a legend. Warhol sent some of his art work to his relatives who didn't really know what to do with them. 

"Absolut Warhola" takes us on a journey to the grass roots of the infamous Warhol.

Mucha's other documentaries include "Die Mitte" (The Center) and "Mit Bubi heim ins Reich" ("Back Home to the Reich, with Bubi").
Duisburg: Audience Award, 2001.
Mannheim Audience Award,  2001.
Berlin: Best Upcoming Director & Best Upcoming Cinematographer from the DEFA Foundation, 2001.
Society of German Film Critics: Best Documentary, 2002.

Cool and Crazy, directed by Knut Erik Jensen, 2001, 105 minutes, Norway.
This documentary focuses on a men's choir, most of whom are in their 70s.  We hear them sing, we investigate their lives, we watch as they travel to Russia to perform for the locals.

Chicago International Film Festival, Gold Hugo, Best Documentary.
Norwegian International Film Festival, Best Documentary, Best Norwegian Feature Film.

  El Sol del membrillo (The Quince Tree aka The Dream of Light) directed by Victor Erice, 1992, 133 minutes, Spain.  A slow, contemplative study of a painter at work. The Spanish Artist Antonio Lopez Garcia plays himself.  Filmed with the extreme care only a serious filmmaker could achieve. Cannes Film Festival, Fipresci Award & Jury Prize. Embrassez Qui Vous Voudrez (See How They Run) directed by Michel Blanc, who also plays the psychotically jealous husband in the film.  I saw this film at the Montreal World Film Festival, 2002. Great cast, including Charlotte Rampling and Jacques Dutronc. A comedy: instead of a 'ménage a trois' it's more a 'ménage a 13.'
The Experiment, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2001, 120 minutes, Germany. The film is based on a famous experiment conducted at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California in 1971. Twenty-four male students participated in a psychological study of the effects of prison life, guards versus prisoners, and the resulting power struggle. The study was shut down after six days to avoid impending disaster.
Ice Men, directed by Thom Best, 108 minutes, 2004, Canada.

"The Big Chill" with men.  This Canadian drama looks more like an American film because of its slickness, strong acting, and skilled cinematography. "Ice Men" is Best's feature directorial debut. He's better known as a Toronto cinematographer.

As director of photography, his work includes "Men with Brooms" (2003). He was also cinematographer for all four seasons of the North American version of the TV series "Queer as Folk," and he directed two of the episodes himself.
Martin Cummins as Vaughn

"Ice Men" focuses on the relationships of five men spending the weekend together at a cottage. Within a short period of time, their lives change.

Ian Tracey as Trevor

Budget for the film was close to $1 million.
Contact:  Rick Warden, producer

World Premiere: Montreal World Film Festival, 2004
Image et Nation Film Festival, Montreal, 2004
Atlantic Film Festival, 2004

Laundry directed by  Junichi Mori, 2001, 126 minutes, Japan.  This charming film focuses on a young man who has suffered a brain injury. He meets his match in a young lady who hasher own problems. Some beautiful photography, lovely story, great acting.

The screenplay for "Laundry" received  Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award.

León y Olvido, directed by Xavier Bermúdez, 112 minutes, 2004, Spain.

Leon (Guillem Jiménez) is a 20-year-old with Down's syndrome. When his mother dies, his twin sister, Olvido, places him in an institution.  This doesn't work out and Leon is given back to Olivido, who would rather get on with her life than babysit her brother.   She tires to encourage his independence, but this doesn't always work out as intended. Leon y Olvido is sometimes reminiscent of Marco Bellocchio "Fists in the Pocket" whereby the dysfunctional family begins to destroy itself. Guillem Jiménez, who has Down's syndrome himself, gives a wonderful and believable performance as Leon. And there are some delightful classroom scenes with other Down's syndrome students.

(Guillem Jiménez)

Xavier Bermúdez was able to convey exactly what he wanted from his actors, despite the challenges this entailed.


Festival de Malaga, Special Jury Prize, 2004
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival:
Best Actress, Marta Larralde
Best Director
Xavier Bermúdez

  Miotte Vue Par Ruiz, directed by Chilean Raoul Ruiz, 2001, 80 minutes, France.
The documentary features the work of French painter Jean Miotte as he creates a work as we watch. His sense of composition is amazing.

Super 8 Stories by Emir Kusturica, 90 minutes, 2001, Serbia-Croatia. "Super 8 Stories" is frantic, hilarious, unpredictable documentary filmmaking at its best. The film is filled with music by Kusturica's "No Smoking Orchestra,"  a Balkan punk band. Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Plaque, Best Documentary.

Sweet Dreams, directed by Saso Podgorsek, 110 minutes, 2001, Slovenia.  A coming of age film, circa 1970 Yugoslavia. Filled with humor and charm.
Slovene Film Festival, Vesna, Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actress.

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Laurie Kahn-Leavitt

Directed by Laurie Kahn-Leavitt, 2003, 62 minutes.
The real story behind all these women freaking out over Tupperware.  A delightful, entertaining documentary that puts the 'cult' of Tupperware and its women into historical perspective. Were they really the first feminists...
a must-see.

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