Genesis 2.0

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Directed by Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev
2018
Switzerland
113 minutes
15+
Winner of a Special Jury Award at Sundance, this striking documentary connects Siberian hunters of woolly mammoth remains with cutting edge 21st century cloning technology.

Scavengers on a remote Arctic island spend the summer digging for prized mammoth tusks to sell to the Chinese market. Whole and partial skeletons of these long-extinct animals can be found in the melting permafrost. It’s not just the tusks that are valued: pioneering scientists want hair, blood or skin, so the creature’s genome can be sequenced and the beast cloned. The locals believe it’s unlucky to touch the remains, and this sense of wrongdoing permeates the film as it shifts to the biotech world, where dogs are cloned and an entire population’s genetic data is mapped. Siberian co-director Maxim Arbugaev worked with director Christian Frei (War Photographer, SFF 2002) to capture these two worlds, the boggy landscape and clinical laboratory, to chilling effect.

The woolly mammoth tusk is just the tip of the iceberg in this haunting excavation. – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

The overarching theme is humanity’s reckless courage – as such it’s a picture which finds its closest parallels in the films of Werner Herzog. – Wendy Ide, Screen International

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Genesis 2.0

State Theatre
Thu 14 June
9:30am—11:23am
Past Event Cancel

Genesis 2.0

Event Cinemas George St 9
Fri 15 June
6:15pm—8:08pm
Past Event Cancel
Year
2018
Classification
15+
Country
Switzerland
Language
In English, Russian, Yakut, Korean and Mandarin with English subtitles
Director
Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev
Producer
Christian Frei
Cinematographer
Maxim Arbugaev, Peter Indergand
Company Credits
World Sales: Rise and Shine
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