San Joaquin International Film Festival
Genesis 2.0

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Genesis 2.0

A KimStim release
Directed by Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev
112 minutes.
Switzerland, China, Russia, South Korea, USA. 2018. In English and Russian with English subtitles.

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

Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Award for Cinematography at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2018 Moscow Film Festival.

- 2018 Sundance Film Festival, USA: World Cinema Documentary Award for Cinematography
- 2018 Moscow Film Festival, Russia: Audience Award

The film observes the harsh and dangerous life of so-called mammoth hunters on the remote New Siberian Islands in the far north of Siberia. The archaic landscape in which these people are looking for the tusks of extinct mammoths looks like primordial earth. There is a kind of gold rush fever in the air, because the prices for this white gold have never been so high. But the thawing permafrost unveils more than just precious ivory. Sometimes the hunters find an almost completely preserved mammoth carcass with fur, liquid blood and muscle tissue on which arctic foxes gnaw.

Such finds are magnets for high-tech Russian and South Korean clone researchers in search of mammoth cells with the greatest possible degree of intact DNA. Their mission could be part of a science-fiction plot. They want to bring the extinct woolly mammoth back to life à la “Jurassic Park”, and resurrect it as a species. And that’s just the beginning. Worldwide, biologists are working on re-inventing life. They want to learn the language of nature and create life following the Lego principle¹². The goal of synthetic biology is to produce complete artificial biological systems. Man becomes Creator.

The resurrection of the mammoth is a first track and manifestation of this next great technological revolution. An exercise. A multi-million dollar game. The new technology may well turn the world as we know it completely on its head…and all of this has its origin in the unstoppably thawing permafrost at the extreme edge of Siberia.

Genesis two point zero.

"A fascinating, sometimes frightening film which, like its subjects, is perhaps a little too ambitious for its own good.”
– Wendy Ide, Screen International

Official Trailer

Select Festivals & Awards

- 2018 Sundance Film Festival, USA: World Cinema Documentary Award for Cinematography
- 2018 Moscow Film Festival, Russia: Audience Award
- 2018 Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland
- 2018 Sydney Film Festival, Australia: Competition
- 2018 Visions du Réel Festival, Nyon, France: Competition

Director Christian Frei

Christian Frei was born in 1959 in Schönenwerd, Switzerland. He studied visual media at the Department of Journalism and Communication at Fribourg University. Since 1984, he has been an independent filmmaker and producer. He also works regularly for Schweizer Radio und Fersehen (SRF, Swiss Radio and Television). In 2002, his film War Photographer received an Academy Award nomination.



Sun., Dec. 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Central Valley Premiere

Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton



Documentary Feature Film

Directors: Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev
Producer: Christian Frei
Cinematographers: Peter Indergand, Maxim Arbugaev
Editors: Christian Frei, Thomas Bachmann
Music: Max Richter, Edward Artemyev

Permission: KimStim


This screening is sponsored by:
The Consulate General of Switzeland in San Francisco

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