01 Feb GENESIS
Berlinale 2018 PANORAMA SPECIAL
120 Min., 1:2.39 – 5.1, Hungary, 2018
Writer-Director Árpád Bogdán, main actors Anna Marie Cseh and Milán Csordás and producer Andrea Taschler are available for interviews
January 30th, 2018 – 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.
Born in 1980, Árpád Bogdán lived in a children’s home from the age of four. He started working as an actor and stage director in theaters during his college years. He organized creative forums for disadvantaged children using various aspects of theater, film, and literature. His directorial debut, Happy New Life (2007), premiered in the Panorama section at Berlinale 2007 and was awarded with the Manfred Salzgeber Award – Special Mention. The film was internationally acclaimed at several festivals: Budapest Hungarian Film Week (competition, 2007), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – East of the West (competition, 2007), Ghent Flanders International Film Festival (competition, 2007), Lecce Festival of European Films (competition, 2007).
For the lead role in GENESIS Bogdán chose Anna Marie Cseh, born in Budapest in 1977. Cseh, a former fashion model, has played in international productions such as Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth as well as in the successful TV drama productions Outlander, Coronation Street and Doctors. She debuted on stage in Dostoevsky’s The Idiot Off West End in London. Co-starring in GENESIS are the amateur actors, the nine-year-old Milán Csordás and Enikő Anna Illési.
Produced by MIRAGE FILM and FOCUSFOX, supported by THE HUNGARIAN NATIONAL FILM FUND and developed with SCRIPTEAST.
Mirage Film | Andrea Taschler | firstname.lastname@example.org | +36 30 270 0270 | www.miragefilm.hu
Focusfox | Gábor Ferenczy | email@example.com | +36 30 944 7000 | www.focusfox.hu
HNFF World Sales | Klaudia Androsovits | +36 30 936 3389 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.hnffworldsales.com
Stills: Genesis Production