As the title suggests, Genesis has to do with creation myths: Adolescent siblings Guillaume and Charlotte, like Adam and Eve and all of us, are on a journey of self-discovery that necessarily entails a loss of innocence.
Guillaume is the class clown at a boys’ prep school, wielding his sometimes charming, sometimes barbed wit like a shield to protect others—and more crucially himself—from knowledge about his sexual identity, one he fears is fundamentally unlovable. (It’s no surprise that he has a Morrissey poster on his wall.) His older sister Charlotte, meanwhile, isn’t hiding her sexuality from anyone—on the contrary, it’s her primary means of negotiating with the world and determining her place in it. Both will come to learn the limitations of their coping strategies the hard way in Québécois filmmaker Philippe Lesage’s moody coming-of-age drama—now languid, now searing—even as the viewer must grapple with the ways in which their story colors that of Felix and Beatrice, making a late screen entrance as young campers on the cusp of adolescence.
Sponsored by William LaBahn, Out Front, Ratio Beerworks, TV5MONDE, Mike’s Camera, Alliance Française de Denver, Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media
Producer: Galilé Marion-Gauvin | Editor: Mathieu Bouchard-Malo | Cinematographer: Nicolas Canniccioni | Screenwriter: Philippe Lesage
Cast: Noée Abita, Paul Ahmarani, Marc Beaupré, Emilie Bierre, Émile Bilodeau, Brett Dier