Genesis

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Hungary | 2018 | 120 minutes | Arpad Bogdan

A young boy, a teenage archer, and a young female lawyer find themselves connected by a racially motivated murder in this film based on real events that took place during the 2008-2009 attacks by Hungarian neo-Nazis on Roma villages.

Director Arpad Bogdan presents us with a three-pronged story: one of a Roma boy, one of a teenage archer, and one of a young lawyer, three people from completely different parts of Hungarian society that are connected by a racially motivated murder. Roma boy Ricsi, whose father is in prison, endures bullying at school; his mother tries to take care of everything but there is a strange man who always seems to be around. Archer Virag, a teenage girl, is serious about her sport and is beginning to be serious about Misi, a young man who raises dogs. Young female lawyer Hanna, under pressure from her superiors, takes on the defense of one of the young men facing trial for the part he allegedly played in the murder. Bogdan presents us with stories that are biblical in scope, moral dilemmas and depictions of sin based on real events that took place in Hungary during the 2008-09 attacks by Hungarian neo-Nazis on Roma villages. The three protagonists are, one way or another, affected by these events, which change their lives fundamentally.

Director Biography
Arpad Bogdan grew up in a children's home from the age of four on, which inspired him to organize creative forums for disadvantaged children using aspects of film, theater, and literature. During his college years he worked as an actor and stage director. His debut feature film Happy New Life played at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007.

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  • Original Language Title: Genezis
  • Director: Arpad Bogdan
  • Principal Cast: Milan Csordas, Anna Marie Cseh, Eniko Anna Illesi
  • Premiere Status: North American
  • Country: Hungary
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 120 minutes
  • Producer: Andrea Taschler, Gabor Ferenczy
  • Screenplay: Arpad Bogdan
  • Cinematographers: Tamas Dobos
  • Editors: Peter Politzer
  • Music: Mihaly Vig
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: A Happy Life (2007)
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Hungarian Film Commission