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Family Portrait in Black and White

Year: 2011
Country: UKRAINE, CANADA
Language: Ukrainian, Russian, Italian, English
Run Time: 99 minutes

Family Portrait in Black and White
Family Portrait in Black and White
Family Portrait in Black and White
Family Portrait in Black and White

How many kids are too many? Meet Olga Nenya, a Ukrainian foster mother who has invited into her home nearly 20 unwanted orphans. This FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE is controversial not only for the sheer number of kids living in one impoverished household, but also for the fact that many of these orphans are bi-racial—the equivalent of social pariahs in Ukraine. Although each child is a full Ukrainian citizen, having been born and raised there, the rest of the country aggressively views them as outsiders who don't belong. Because of this, they are often uneducated and underfed. Yet Olga continues to open her door to each of these innocent children—feeding them, clothing them, and making sure they do their chores. But does a mother's love truly know no boundaries, or is Olga spreading herself too thin, harboring children in an unsafe environment in which they can never reach their full potential? (In Ukrainian with subtitles) – M.M.

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Standing Up Competition

Screenplay
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Director
Julia Ivanova

Born in Moscow, Russia, Julia Ivanova graduated with honors from the Film Institute (VGIK) there and proceeded to work at the Russian Film Museum and in the Russian film industry before immigrating to Canada. Since moving to Vancouver, she has become a renowned documentary filmmaker, beginning with her award-winning first film "From Russia, For Love" (2000), which focuses on the adoption of older children in her hometown.

Filmography
"From Russia, For Love" (2000), "I Want a Woman" (2003), "Moscow Freestyle" (2006), "Fatherhood Dreams" (2007), "Love Translated" (2010), FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE (2011)

Producer
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Cinematography
Mathieu Vadepied

Editing
Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

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