A Colony

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    A Colony

    Une colonie

    Directed by

    Canada

    2018

    102 min

    • French

    Drama

    Camille wanders through the countryside talking with frogs and chickens: she sails through life as a carefree soul. But for her older sister, the introverted Mylia, things are more complicated. Mylia is lost between the uncertainty in her family life, the superficial atmosphere at her new school and her first experiences at house parties. It is Camille who eventually introduces Mylia to Jimmy. The boy from the nearby Abenaki reserve is different and he encourages her to break free. Without passing judgement, and with a fine sense for the subtleties of social relations, the film follows these young teenagers in their search for a place where they can just be themselves.

    Awards

    • Crystal Bear Best Film (Children’s Jury Generation Kplus) - Berlinale
    • City οf Athens Best Director Award - Athens IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Émilie Bierre
    Jacob Whiteduck-Lavoie
    Irlande Côté
    Cassandra Gosselin Pelletier
    Noémie Godin-Vigneau
    Screenplay
    Geneviève Dulude-De Celles
    Cinematography
    Léna Mill-Reuillard
    Etienne Roussy
    Editing
    Stéphane Lafleur
    Music
    Mathieu Charbonneau
    Production
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    Press

    A Colony showcases an emotional sensitivity and cultural specificity that gives it a strong individual identity, (...), handled with a quiet dignity by both writer/director De Celles and her accomplished young star Emilie Bierre.

    Nikki Baughan, Screendaily

    The excellent camerawork and acting made us feel like we were right there in the middle of the action and let us laugh and cry.

    Generation's Jury

    Berlin hidden gem

    Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter

    A convincing young cast breathes life into an anxious age.

    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    A sensitive and tasteful coming-of-age story.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    Award-winning crowd-pleaser.

    Variety

    Geneviève  Dulude-de Celles

    Geneviève Dulude-de Celles

    Canada

    I am interested first of all in the human being, in the people I want to film, whether it is in documentary or fiction; I want to look at our reality, faces in which we can recognize ourselves.

    Geneviève Dulude-De Celles’ first short fiction film THE CUT won the Best International Short Film Award at the Sundance FF in addition to dozens of other awards. It was an official selection in more than 80 international film festivals. The following year, she released WELCOME TO F.L., a feature-length documentary that premiered at TIFF and won the Best New Talent award at RIDM along with earning two nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards. A COLONY, her first feature drama, premiered at the Berlinale and won Crystal Bear for the Best Film (Children’s Jury Generation Kplus). In addition to this, the film won the Grand Jury and People’s Choice Award - Canadian Feature Film at the Québec City FF, Best Canadian Film, Best Director and Best Performance at Whistler Film Festival, and the Best Canadian feature film at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie.

    Selected Filmography