16 | 2h | Drama | 12 April 2018 (Hungary)
The three stories within Genesis are rooted in the biblical notion of family: a woman in her late thirties rediscovers the faith she lost as a child; a mother goes to extreme lengths to ensure that her child is saved from the fate that she was forced to endure; a Roma boy’s family are killed, and the perfect world of his childhood is destroyed. All three stories are based on real events that took place in Hungary: the Roma murders. The three protagonists are one way or another affected by these events, which change their lives fundamentally.
A surfeit of visual style, however impressive, works against the narrative energy in Hungarian drama “Genesis,” the sophomore feature from Magyar Roma writer-director Árpád Bogdán (“A Happy New Life”). Comprised of three over-stretched, tenuously connected tales about racially motivated violence in contemporary Hungary, the film also suffers from feeling slightly past its sell-by date, since the real-life events that inspired it, the 2008-’09 attacks against the Roma community, have been covered in other films such as Bence Fliegauf’s 2012 Berlinale competition prizewinner “Just the Wind.” But for festival audiences without such context for comparison, the condemnation of entrenched racism will still pack a punch.
Director: Árpád Bogdán
Writer: Árpád Bogdán
Stars: Milán Csordás, Anna Marie Cseh, Eniko Anna Illesi
Release Date: 12 April 2018 (Hungary)
Also Known As: Genesis
Filming Locations: Budapest, Hungary
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 6.23 GiB
Duration : 2 h 0 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 7 423 kb/s