Archive of films A Story for the Modlins / A Story for the Modlins

2012, 26 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2012

Sergio Oksman’s brilliantly constructed picture, strengthened by a bewitching atmosphere and assured direction, unfolds the mysterious story of Elmer Modlin and his wife: hidden from the eyes of the world for decades, they artistically played out their bizarre apocalyptic vision in a darkened Madrid apartment.


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.

About the director

Sergio Oksman (b. 1970, Brazil) graduated as a movie director in New York after studying journalism at university in São Paulo. Selected filmography: Ronaldo: A Flight Manual (1998), Aznar-Almunia: Diario de campaña (2000), Voto blanco (2000), Gaudí en la favela (2002), Benfica na Memória (2004), Mariza, meu fado (2005), Gilberto Gil: Un ministro en directo (2006), Goodbye, America (2007). In 2010 Notes on the Other (2009) competed at Karlovy Vary in the short documentary competition.


Dok Films
Calle Fuencarral 105 - 6o, 28004, 280 04, Madrid

About the film

Color, HD CAM
International premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Sergio Oksman
Screenplay: Carlos Muguiro, Emilo Tomé, Sergio Oksman
Dir. of Photography: Migue Amoedo
Editor: Fernando Franco, Sergio Oksman
Producer: Sergio Oksman
Production: Dok Films
Contact: Dok Films


Sergio Oksman

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