Genesis

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    Genesis

    Genèse

    Directed by

    Canada

    2018

    130 min

    • French
    • English

    Drama

    Three teenagers are shaken up by their first loves in the turmoil of their youth. At a time when others are conforming, they stand their ground and assert their right to love and be free.

    Awards

    • Bayard for Best Actor (Théodore Pellerin) - Francophone de Namur IFF
    • Louve D'or for Best Film (International Competition), Best Actor (Théodore Pellerin) - FNC Montréal
    • Special Mention - Los Cabos IFF

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Cast
    Noée Abita
    Théodore Pellerin
    Édouard Tremblay-Grenier
    Pier-Luc Funk
    Émilie Bierre
    Maxime Dumontier
    Paul Ahmarani
    Jules Roy Sicotte
    Antoine Marchand-Gagnon
    Screenplay
    Philippe Lesage
    Cinematography
    Nicolas Canniccioni
    Editing
    Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
    Production
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    Sales
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    Press

    First loves are fraught with heartbreak and uncertainty in Genesis (Genèse), a perceptive exploration of young people struggling to find their heart’s desire.

    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

    Often very funny, especially in classroom scenes filled with unconventional teachers and unruly pupils, the film also shows real feeling for the tangled workings of the human heart and the way individuals are at their loneliest in a crowd of people.

    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

    A yearning, bruising vision of unpracticed adolescent desire.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    This a stunning dual study of adolescent love, both reciprocated and unrequited. Philippe Lesage has produced a timeworn tale in an extraordinary fashion.

    Joseph Owen, The Upcoming

    Philippe Lesage

    Philippe Lesage

    Canada

    In reality, people are multidimensional, they're complex. We all have to fight and struggle within ourselves, with our good sides and bad sides.

    Philippe Lesage began his career as a documentarian and made four acclaimed films, including THE HEART THAT BEATS (2010), which was notably awarded the Jutra for Best Documentary. His first fiction feature film, THE DEMONS (2015), was shown in the official competition in San Sebastian and won the Golden Gate Award in San Francisco, among others. GENESIS (2018), the follow-up to that film, premiered at the Locarno Festival and won many awards throughout its festival run.

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