Screening Dates
  • September 4, 2019 6:30
  • September 5, 2019 8:30
  • September 8, 2019 6:00
Canada's Top Ten 2018

Nothing short of revelatory … Genesis is one of the best films of the year, no matter its country (or province) of provenance.”

Barry Hertz, Globe & Mail

Quebecker Philippe Lesage’s debut fiction feature, 2015’s quietly astonishing Demons, won raves internationally — one of the decade’s great narrative debuts,” per Variety — but went underappreciated here at home. (The Cinematheque presented it in 2016.) Lesage’s latest is a perceptive drama of first love, palpably full of adolescent longing and uncertainty. Guillaume (Never Steady, Never Stills Théodore Pellerin) is a student at an all-boys boarding school who’s falling for a classmate. Charlotte (French actress Noée Abita) is Guillaume’s half-sibling, whose steady boyfriend is doubting monogamy. Lesage’s assured, affecting film, leavened with humour and pulsing with music, is gorgeously shot by Nicolas Canniccioni. A brief coda revisits young Félix, protagonist of Demons, who’s crushing on Béatrice (Emilie Bierre, star of A Colony, also screening in September).

Best Canadian Director,
Best Canadian Actor (Pellerin), 2018 Vancouver Film Critics Circle

Exciting and heartbreaking … A film that feels intensely alive.”

Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter