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Colin Firth (Winner Best Actor, Venice Film Fest 09) - in a stellar, tender performance - stars as Joe, a man left at odds after the sudden loss of his wife (Hope Davis). Joe impulsively decides to move his two daughters to the sun-drenched coastal town of Genova, where his rekindled friendship with an old university colleague (Catherine Keener) suggests the hope of a new start. But as 16-year-old Kelly (Willa Holland) finds herself drawn into an enticing new world   of romance and danger, younger Mary (Perla Haney-Jardine) begins to have visions of her mother...

An insightful exploration into the impact of loss and the strength of family, GENOVA is a visually exquisite, emotionally affecting work of modern cinema; an engaging and refreshingly understated journey of the heart.

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I liked the idea of a family being re-located to a new place, where since they don't really know anyone they are thrown together. For me the film is about a father's love for his children and the children's relationship with each other.
Michael Winterbottom


P R A I S E    F O R    G E N O V A
 Winner Best Director | Sa Sebastian Film Festival

Official Selection | Toronto Film Festival
4 ½ Stars!  ½
"A beautifully photographed and emotive tale... Achingly authentic (with) subtle dialogue and natural performances. Firth turns in a splendid performance."
- GAVIN BOND, THE SUNDAY TIMES

4 ½ Stars!  ½
"An incredible film. Winterbottom is one of the greatest living directors, and Genova demonstrates this. Again."
- THOMAS CALDWELL, THE CASTING COUCH 94.9FM

4 Stars!   
"Quite the experience. Subtle, engrossing.. pitch perfect."
- ALICE TYNAN, THE BRAG

"Beautifully crafted."
- TOM RYAN, THE SUNDAY AGE

"Profoundly touching, life-affirming... A beautiful film that crosses all kinds of boundaries, leaving us refreshed and filled with anticipation."
- Louise Keller, URBAN CINEFILE

"Haunting... An unforgettable performance by Colin Firth."
- Baz Bamigboye, THE DAILY MAIL

"Springs to life with extraordinary vibrancy."
- Lynden Barber, LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

"Gorgeous, tender and touching."
- Phillip French, THE OBSERVER

"Colin Firth proves what an extraordinary actor he is. It's a delicate, subtle performance that ranks amongst his best."
- Paul Fischer, Dark Horizons

"Stunning! An exquisite gem of a film."
- Cinematical

  "This is Winterbottom's most intimate film since 9 Songs, and one of the highlights of his career"
- Eugene Novikov, Cinematical

"Grief and tears, sun and sex: Michael Winterbottom rides his globe-trotting indie charabanc into the Italian city of Genova to tell a moving story of loss and displacement that's light on its feet and heavy with emotion."
- Time Out London

"Fine performances bolster this moody, poignant portrait of guilt and forgiveness"
- Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter

"Restrained and beautifully observed, Genova is a superlative study of family relationships that is both resolutely unsentimental and deeply moving."
- Sandra Hebron, London Film Festival

"This is a beautiful, slow burn of a film, made with insight, passion and grace"
- Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival


  CAST
Colin Firth - Joe
Catherine Keener - Barbara
Hope Davis - Marianne
Willa Holland - Kelly
Perla Haney-Jardine - Mary
Margherita Romeo - Rosa
Monica Bennati - Elena
Gherardo Crucitti - Mauro
Dante Ciari - Fabio
Alessandro Giuggioli - Lorenzo

CREW
Michael Winterbottom -
Director/Writer (with Laurence Coriat)
Andrew Eaton - Producer
Melissa Parmenter -
Composer/Line Producer
Laurence Coriat -
Writer (with Michael Winterbottom)
Marcel Zyskind -
Director Of Photography
Mark Digby - Production Designer
Paul Monaghan - Editor
Celia Yau - Costume Designer

A U S T R A L I A N    P R E M I E R E    S E A S O N    N O W    S H O W I N G

Select your preferred venue for session times & tickets
Melbourne
Palace Como
Palace Brighton Bay
Palace Balwyn
Kino Cinemas
Cinema Nova
Rivoli
Palace Westgarth
Palace George

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  Sydney
Palace Verona
Palace Norton Street
Dendy Opera Quays
Event Macquarie
Roseville
Collaroy
  Brisbane
Palace Centro
Palace Barracks
Graceville
AMC Stafford
GU Maroochydore
Gold Coast Arts Centre
Balmoral Cinema
  Adelaide
Palace Nova EastEnd

Perth
Cinema Paradiso
Luna on SX

Canberra
Greater Union Manuka

Hobart
State



A city of secrets...
An Italian seduction...
A place to start again.



a film by Michael Winterbottom | Genova