A Colony
Original title:
Une colonie
Slovenian title:
Kolonija: mularija
Country, year:
Canada, 2018
Directed by:
Genevieve Dulude-De Celles
Genevi?ve Dulude-De Celles
Léna Mill-Reuillard, Etienne Roussy
Mathieu Charbonneau
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Émilie Bierre (Mylia), Irlande Côté (Camille), Noémie Godin-Vigneau (Nathalie), Robin Aubert (Henri), ?ve Pressault (Doudou), Jacob Whiteduck-Lavoie (Jimmy), Jacqueline Michel (Mélina), Cassandra Gosselin Pelletier (Jacinthe)
Berlinale 2019 (Children's Jury Award), Canadian Screen Award (Best Actress, Best Motion Picture, Best First Feature), Quebec 2019 (Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature Film), Seattle 2019

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for children aged 12+ (in French with Slovenian subtitles)
A tribute to sisterly love, Colony is a poetic portrayal of the emotional turbulence in early teens, a time of discovering one's identity. Children's Jury Award at Berlinale 2019.
Mylia, a timid 12-year-old child, is about to leave her native countryside to begin high school. Lost in this new hostile environment, she copes as well as she can, sometimes awkwardly, dealing with the absurdities, discomforts and small victories of adolescence. Along the way she encounters Jimmy, a young indigenous outsider from the neighbouring reserve, who will help her stand her ground and embrace who she really is.

"I wanted to depict a child as she was slowly slipping into her teenage years. It is my belief that this shock can turn out to be more brutal and scarring than the transition to adulthood. That's how I lived it years ago, and it looks like it hasn't changed: children are required to act like grownups faster and faster. There is a certain pressure to get rid of all visible trace of childhood, to break this child-like image given away by the body. To do so, children engage in adultlike behaviors at an early age, changing drastically in the process. For girls, this means becoming a woman by assuming certain codes (active sexuality, seductive rapports with their male counterparts, clothing style, make-up)." (Genevi?ve Dulude-De Celles)