Germinal Roaux

Switzerland / 2018 / 106'



Fortuna, a young Ethiopian teenage girl, has had no news of her parents since arriving in Lampedusa, Italy. Together with other refugees, she is given shelter for the winter in a Swiss catholic hospice at an altitude of over 2000 meters. While they wait for their fate to be decided by the Swiss authorities, Fortuna meets Kabir, a 26-year-old African refugee, and falls desperately in love. Their relationship develops in secret, till the day Kabir disappears following a police raid. In the profound and restrained interpretation of the prior, the great Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who died in February 2019, in one of his last films.

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Germinal Roaux

Germinal Roaux is a Franco-Swiss photographer and filmmaker. He works entirely in black and white. In the year 2000 he received the Premier Prix Suisse des M├ędias. In 2003, he directed his first documentary film Des tas de choses. Among his award-winning works, Icebergs (2007), Left Foot Right Foot (2012). Fortuna (2016) is his second full-length feature, awarded at the 2018 Berlinale in the Generation 14plus section with the Crystal Bear for Best Film and the Grand Prix of the international jury.


Language: French

Subtitles: Italian, English

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