After appearing in the film ROSEMARY’S BABY by Roman Polanski, Elmer Modlin ran away with his family to a distant land where they lock themselves inside a dark apartment for thirty years.

Directors Statement

How long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing? It took us more than three years to put the pieces of the puzzle together. We received a very limited grant from the Ministry of Culture of Spain and from the Madrid Government. Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”? Specifically for people like me who work in Spain with non-commercial films it seems the only alternative to keep going. For my new project I will try to be associated with people from different European countries. If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen? EMAK BAKIA BAITA by Oskar Alegria. A brilliant first film by a Spanish director. What is your next project? I found many hours of archive footage from my own family from the 50s and 60s. Through these images I want to understand why at some point (according to what women told me) all men in my family abandoned their wifes and kids and ran away.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Sergio Oksman

Written by: Sergio Oksman, Carlos Muguiro, Emilio Tomé

Produced by: Sergio Oksman

Cinematography: Migue Amoedo

Editing: Sergio Oksman, Fernando Franco

Sound: Iñaki Sánchez

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2013