Featuring: Noee Abita, Theodore Pellerin, Edouard Tremblay-Grenier
Language: French with English subtitles
Runtime: 129 min
Rating: Rating Not Available
With his complex and affecting second feature, Quebec’s Philippe Lesage establishes himself as one of the country’s most fascinating new filmmakers. Like his bracing debut LES DÉMONS (KCFF 2016), GENÈSE sees the director delve deep into the lives of young people as they face daunting and sometimes disturbing challenges on the precipice of adulthood. For each of the three main characters – including a teenager played by Theodore Pellerin, the rising star who gives an equally stunning performance at this year’s KCFF in CHIEN DE GARDE – the desire for love and connection leads to new discoveries and unexpected perils. Named one of Canada’s Top Ten in TIFF’s annual list and the top prize winner at Montreal’s Festival de Nouveau Cinéma, GENÈSE is a richly layered and provocative look at the hopes and pressures that accompany both adolescence and what comes after.
Philippe Lesage is a Canadian director. After graduating from McGill University, he directed his first feature film CAN WE LIVE TOGETHER? in 2006. His 2010 film THE HEART THAT BEATS won the prize for best work at the International Documentary festival of Montreal. In September 2015, LES DEMONS is presented in world premiere and in official competition at the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival. During 2015 and 2016, the film will be selected in more than 70 festivals around the world, winning numerous awards. In the spring of 2016, Philippe Lesage receives two prestigious international awards: the Breaking The Waves Award from the Titanic International Film Festival in Budapest, Hungary, and the Golden Gate New Directors Prize at The San Francisco International Film Festival. Lesage describes his cinema as always “a quest for truth and authenticity”, which is shown through his next feature film GENÈSE.