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Overview


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"To record the world as it is. To set down the past before it is forgotten. To produce order out of chaos. To delight and instruct. To paint a portrait of society and its ills. To express the unexpressed of the masses. To name the hitherto unnamed. To defend the human spirit and human dignity and honor. Because to create is human. Because to create is Godlike. To serve Art. To serve History. To subvert the establishment. To celebrate life and all its complexity. To praise the Universe. To allow the possibility of hope and redemption." - Margaret Atwood
 

 

Francine Zuckerman

Director

Producer

Writer

Francine Zuckerman and her company Z films inc. has produced a wide range of films and television programs with an emphasis on adaptation from fiction and theatre, social documentary and performing arts as well as short films.
As writer, producer and director, Zuckerman has won numerous awards and her work has been recognized at film festivals around the world.

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Films & Awards


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Films & Awards


Films and Awards

 

2015

Mr. Bernstein

After Debbie hears about her father's life-changing musical experience in a refugee camp, she tracks down the famous conductor years later, with unexpected consequences.

Debbie sais depuis l'enfance qu'un événement musical a bouleversé la vie de son père alors qu'il était dans un camps de réfugiés. Longtemps après, elle retrouve le chef d'orchestre qui présidait à cet événementprovoquant une suite inattendue à cette histoire.  

 

"Francine Zuckerman’s extraordinarily charming time-shifting short…you won’t see a more marvelous 12-minute tribute to one of the giants of American music."

- The Independent, New York

Short Film, 12 minutes

 

Winner of ‘Best Drama’ at the Toronto International Film Festival.
World premiere at Palm Springs Short Fest.
Screened at LA ShotFest; St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and New York Jewish Film Festival, Film Society at Lincoln Center.

 

2013

We Are Here

We Are Here is about how a country, a people, a community and individual families are impacted by the events of World War II. This groundbreaking new film excavates the fragile, shaky rebirth of Polish Jewish life in the shadow of the Holocaust. 

“Although it focuses on Jewish people in Poland, the message that we should all find pride in our heritage, no matter what it is, makes this worthwhile viewing for everybody, regardless of background.”

- Toronto Film Scene

Documentary, 81 minutes
 

Premiered at DocEdge New Zealand Doc Film Festival; Berlin Jewish Film Festival; Warsaw Jewish Film Festival; Polish Film Festival, NYC; Laemmle,Theatre LA; Sydney Jewish Museum, Australia; JW3 London; Cinema du Parc, Montreal; Royal Cinema,Toronto; VanCity, Vancouver; Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Cinematheques.

 

2002

The Atwood Stories

Based on the short stories of world renown Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, this is a series a six short half hour films by six different women directors. Co-produced by Z films, the series features the diversity of Atwood’s vision and voice. The stories include: Polarities, Betty, The Man from Mars, Death by Landscape, Isis in the Darkness and The Sunrise. Zuckerman co-wrote and directed The Sunrise.

"Atwood’s short stories are wonderfully funny. rich and dark”

- TV Guide

Series, 6 x 24 minutes


Nominated for Gemini for Best Series.
Premiered at FIPA (Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels)

 

2000

Passengers

Evocative, passionate and poetic. Passengers is a compelling and moving exploration of the relationship between a daughter and her father as she matures from childhood to adulthood. 

“…a skillfully impressionistic 15 minutes memory trip…beautifully evoked in almost wordless imagery.”

Toronto Star

Short Film, 15 minutes

Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and then toured the world.

 

1997

Exposure

Exposure- Environmental Links to Breast Cancer explores how toxins and radiation in the environment are one affecting our health. Hosted by Singer, actor, and breast cancer survivor, Olivia Newton-John. 

"This crisp and groundbreaking documentary tackles a disturbing environmental threat to our health, and does it with clarity, passion, and visual verve."

-Toronto Star

Documentary, 53 minutes.

Winner of best Health Documentary at the New York Film & Video Festival. 

 

1996

Punch Me In The Stomach

Adapted from the successful 36 character off-Broadway play, Punch Me in the Stomach, is the triumph of one man a Polish born concentration camp survivor, as told by his comedienne daughter, Deb.

"Extraordinary work, extraordinary story teller...We laugh, we weep"
- The Village Voice

Feature Performance, 72 minutes

Premiered at the London International Film Festival and then screened around the world.

 

1989

Half the Kingdom

In this provocative documentary film, Half the Kingdom, seven remarkable Jewish women from Canada; the United States and Israel , strive to find common ground between religious and cultural tradition and contemporary feminist principles.

“A bracing inspiring film film about equality and social change.”

- San Francisco Chronicle

Documentary, 58 minutes

Invited to participate in more than twenty international film festivals
nominated for a Gemini for best direction and best documentary
Gold Apple Award
Red Ribbon Award

 

 

In Development

 

The Edible Woman

A feature film adaptation of the groundbreaking first novel by world renowned Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood. Set in Toronto, in the mid 1960’s, this film tells the story of Marian McAlpin (late 20s), whose safe, carefully crafted world includes a promising career, a good circle of friends and a perfect fiancé, Peter, a successful lawyer. When a hipster, eccentric English student comes in the picture, he introduces Marian to a new world full of music, poetry, sexual liberation and inspires Marian to challenge her prescribed ideas of womanhood.

 Witty, subversive, hilarious, The Edible Woman is dazzling and utterly original. It is Margaret Atwood’s brilliant first novel, and the book that introduced her as a consummate observer of the ironies and absurdities of modern life.

Atwood has the magic of turning the particular and the parochial into the universal."

The Times (London)

 

Inspirations

Powerful things happen when artists collide. A dialogue among disciplines

A dynamic series of TEN exquisite short (3-5 minute) films featuring the most exciting cutting edge fashion, film, and music talent in celebration of Canada 150.

Inspirations brings to life the stories of passion, innovation and invention through the eyes of film, fashion & music creators. These films examine how creativity inspires and influences each other, producing the art that reflects our society. 

Each of these ten films will feature a fashion designer, musician and film director team as they embark on a collaborative experience to express the creative journey.

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