Genesis
(Genezis)

2018, feature, digital, 120 minutes

drama

PREMIER (HUNGARY): 2018. 4. 12.
PREMIER (INTERNATIONAL): 2018. 2. 18.

Árpád Bogdán’s new film provides a dramatic depiction of sin, catharsis and rebirth. The story of Genesis is formed around the fate of a young Roma boy, whose childhood reaches a sudden and drastic end when he loses his family in a tragic and brutal attack. Already buried in her work, a young female lawyer succumbs to pressure from her superior and undertakes the defence of one of the men facing trial for the part he reputedly played in this infamous series of racist murders. It is while researching the case that she comes into contact with the young boy, called as a witness, and this chance meeting changes both their lives forever. A mysterious teenage girl also becomes involved when her boyfriend’s dark secrets come to light.

With strong biblical roots, the story is told via the journeys of very different individuals from completely separate sections of society whose paths never cross but whose fates become intricately entwined as they twist through the shadow cast by this horrendous crime.

The protagonists in Genesis decide their various fates based on the universal human values of faith in life, solidarity and responsibility, and each is then presented with the chance of a new beginning, a new life.

Creators

Árpád Bogdán Director
Tamás Dobos Director of photography
Péter Politzer Editor
Mihály Víg Music
Gábor Császár Sound
Kata Kővári Visual design
Zsófia Ferencz Costumes
Andrea Taschler, Gábor Ferenczy Producer
Mirage Film Stúdió, FocusFox Production company
Annamária Cseh, Milán Csordás, Enikő Anna Illési , Lídia Danis, Levente Molnár, Zsolt Kovács, Tamás Ravasz, István Szilvási, Szofi Berki Cast

Awards

Sofia International Film Festival - 2018 Special Jury Award
Sofia International Film Festival - 2018 Student Jury: Best Feature
Valencia Cinema Jove International Film Festival - 2018 Luna de Valencia main prize
Valencia Cinema Jove International Film Festival - 2018 Special Mention
Starnberg Fünf Seen Film Festival - 2018 Main Prize
Lecce European Cinema Festival - 2019 Best Cinematography
Lecce European Cinema Festival - 2019 Cineuropa Award
Lecce European Cinema Festival - 2019 Agiscuola Student Jury Award
Carcassone Festival International du Film Politique - 2018 Special Mention
Shanghai International Film Festival - 2019 Best Director
Lagów International Film Festival - 2019 Golden Grape Award for Best Feature Film
Los Angeles - Hungarian film Festival - 2018 Best Actor Award
Carcassone Festival International du Film Politique - 2018 Special Mention of the Jury
Shanghai International Film Festival - 2018 Best Filmdirector
Lagów International Film Festival - 2018 Golden Grape - Best Film Award
Berlin Roma Film Festival - 2018 Special Jury Award

Festivals

Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival - 2018
Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2018
Seattle International Film Festival - 2018
Palic International Film Festival - 2018 (in competition)
Haifa International Film Festival - 2018
Bergen International Film Festival - 2018
Ghent Flanders International Film Festival - 2018 (in competition)
Arras L'Autre Cinema - 2018 (in competition)
Cairo International Film Festival - 2018
Kolkata IFF (India) - 2018 (in competition)
Targu-Mures AlterNative - 2018
Thessaloniki International Film Festival - 2018
Vienna Jewish Film Festival - 2019
Bitola International Film Camera Festival Manaki Brothers - 2019
Freistadt "Der Neue Heimatfilm" Festival - 2020
Kolkata IFF (India) - 2018 (in competition)

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