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.
- Crystal Bear Best Film (Children’s Jury Generation Kplus) - Berlinale
- City οf Athens Best Director Award - Athens IFF
- Émilie Bierre
- Jacob Whiteduck-Lavoie
- Irlande Côté
- Cassandra Gosselin Pelletier
- Noémie Godin-Vigneau
- Geneviève Dulude-De Celles
- Léna Mill-Reuillard
- Etienne Roussy
- Stéphane Lafleur
- Mathieu Charbonneau
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- BEST FRIEND FOREVER
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.
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.
Berlin hidden gem
A convincing young cast breathes life into an anxious age.
A sensitive and tasteful coming-of-age story.
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.