Genesis (Genezis)

(2018, feature, digital, color, 120 minutes)

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.

Árpád Bogdán
Director of photography
Tamás Dobos
Péter Politzer
Mihály Víg
Gábor Császár
Visual design
Kata Kővári
Zsófia Ferencz
Andrea Taschler, Gábor Ferenczy
Production company
Mirage Film Stúdió, FocusFox

Annamária Cseh
Milán Csordás
Enikő Anna Illési
Lídia Danis
Levente Molnár
Zsolt Kovács
Tamás Ravasz
István Szilvási
Szofi Berki

Sofia International Film Festival – 2018
Special Jury Award Student Jury: Best Feature

Valencia Cinema Jove International Film Festival – 2018
Luna de Valencia main prize
Special Mention

Berlin International Film Festival – 2018
Berlinale Panorama Special

Cluj-Napoca Transilvania – 2018

Seattle International Film Festival – 2018

Palic International Film Festival – 2018