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Une Colonie – 7:30pm

October 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:12 pm


Une colonie (A Colony)

Written and Directed by: Geneviève Dulude-De Celles
Cast: Émilie Bierre, Irlande Côté, Jacob Whiteduck-Lavoie, Robin Aubert and Noémie Godin-Vigneau
Drama | 14A | 102 min. | French with English subtitles | Canada

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“It’s an exceptional teen film, but also one of the most important and pointed Canadian films of the year.” – Andrew Parker, THE GATE


“While this coming-of-age narrative hits all the familiar beats… A Colony also showcases an emotional sensitivity and cultural specificity that gives it a strong individual identity.” – Nikki Baughan, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL


This Québécois gem, the fiction-feature debut from Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, is a fresh, beautifully rendered, and radically optimistic take on the coming-of-age genre. Une Colonie is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama about finding your voice. Set in rural Quebec, it follows 12-year-old Mylia (Emilie Bierre), who has a history of being bullied and is trying to find her bearings at a new school while navigating a turbulent home life. She finds friends in her classmates Jacinthe, her popular older cousin, and Jimmy, who lives on a neighbouring Abenaki reserve. From there, Mylia must figure out how to handle the pressure of conformity and find her sense of self in spite of it. An apt exploration of identity that will speak to the pre-teen in all of us, Une Colonie reminds us that we should aim not only to survive in life, but also to thrive.


WON – Crystal Bear for Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival, 2019
WON – Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Bierre)/Best Motion Picture, Best First Feature Film, Canadian Screen Awards, 2019
WON – Audience Award/Grand Jury Prize, Quebec City International Film Festival, 2018
WON – Best Canadian Feature/Best Performance (Bierre)/Best Director, Whistler Film Festival, 2018
WON – Best Director, Athens International Film Festival, 2019
NOMINATED – Michel Award, Hamburg Film Festival, 2019



October 23, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:12 pm


Barrie Film Festival


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Barrie, Ontario L4N 1A3 Canada
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