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A Colony

Directed by
Geneviève Dulude-De Celles

Status . Completed

Country . Canada

Original Title . Une Colonie

Year . 2019

Language . French

Domestic Release . Funfilm Distribution (February 1, 2019)

Genre . Coming of Age

Runtime . 102

BEST FILM, BEST ACTRESS
& BEST FIRST FEATURE AT
THE CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS

Pierreville, Quebec. End of summer.

Mylia, a timid 12-year-old, must leave her little sister and native countryside to enter high school. Lost in this new hostile environment, she meets Jacinthe, who introduces her to teenage rituals and absurdities, and Jimmy, a fierce young native from the neighbouring reserve with whom she secretly befriends.

Together, they will trace the contours of a new life. The age of the first times…

DIRECTOR

Geneviève Dulude-De Celles’ first short fiction film THE CUT won the Best International Short Film Award at the Sundance FF in addition to dozens of other awards. It was an official selection in more than 80 international film festivals.


The following year, she released WELCOME TO F.L., a feature-length documentary that premiered at TIFF and won the Best New Talent award at RIDM along with earning two nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards.


A COLONY, her first feature drama, premiered at the Berlinale and won Crystal Bear for the Best Film (Children’s Jury Generation Kplus).

In addition to this, the film won the Grand Jury and People’s Choice Award - Canadian Feature Film at the Québec City FF, Best Canadian Film, Best Director and Best Performance at Whistler Film Festival, and the Best Canadian feature film at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie.

CAST & CREW

CAST

Emilie Bierre (Genesis)

Irlande Côté

Jacob Whiteduck-Lavoie

Cassandra Gosselin-Pelletier

Robin Aubert

Noémie Godin-Vigneau



PRODUCER

Colonelle Films


DOP

Léna Mill-Reuillard & Etienne Roussy


EDITING

Stéphane Lafleur

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

BERLINALE GENERATION (CRYSTAL BEAR)

NEWPORT BEACH IFF

SEATTLE IFF

CINEMA IN SNEAKERS

TRANSILVANIA IFF

TAIPEI IFF

MELBOURNE IFF

NARA IFF

ATHENS IFF (BEST DIRECTOR AWARD)

HAMBURG IFF

NAMUR IFF

RIGA IFF

SAO PAULO IFF

CINEKID

LEIDEN IFF

MINSK IFF

TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS

GIJON IFF

CINERGIA IFF

VILNIUS FILM FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH (BEST FILM AWARD)

HAINAN ISLAND IFF

QUEBECINE

“Award-Winning
crowd-pleaser.”

“A Colony showcases an emotional
sensitivity and cultural specificity that
gives it a strong individual identity,
(...), handled with a quiet dignity by
both writer/director De Celles and her
accomplished young star Emilie Bierre.”

“Berlin hidden gem.”