21st Festival Films

DARK FORTUNE (FINSTERES GLÜCK)

© TRILUNA FILM / Aliocha Merker
© TRILUNA FILM / Aliocha Merker


Sun. Feb. 5, 2017 12:30 P.M.
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
North American Premiere
In Person: Stefan Haupt
113 mins. Switzerland (2016). DCP Projection. Swiss German w/ English subtitles.
Director: Stefan Haupt
Starring: Eleni Haupt, Noé Ricklin, Elisa Plüss, Chiara Carla Bär, Martin Hug
Screenplay: Stefan Haupt
Cinematography: Tobias Dengler
Editor: Christof Schertenleib
Producer: Rudolf Santschi
World Sales: WIDE, Paris

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Based on the novel “Finsteres Glück” by Lukas Hartmann, published by Diogenes Verlag AG.
Dark Fortune director Stefan Haupt, (Berlin & Beyond alum: What About Love, The Circle) opens up a spectrum of emotion in his sensitive new feature. A family vacation to Alsace. A country drive during a solar eclipse. And in an instant, a child’s world is destroyed. Eight-year old Yves (newcomer Noé Ricklin) is the sole survivor of a highway accident that kills his entire family. In a hospital back in Zürich, Yves lapses into a profoundly troubled state: he can neither grieve nor acknowledge his own pain. Child psychologist Eliane (Eleni Haupt), a veteran clinician, refuses to weep over the broken boy: she gives him space, time, care, and company. Though Eliane has family problems of her own—her teenage daughters are constantly at odds with each other and with her—the question of Yves grows ever larger in her life. As Eliane becomes the closest thing Yves has to a friend, a parent, or an assurance that life goes on, she tentatively and temporarily brings him into her own family. But when Yves’ aunt and grandmother close in, Eliane cannot shake the feeling that they do not have Yves’ best interests at heart—and that the wreck that orphaned him might not have been an accident. Sharply photographed in crisp, autumnal colors by Tobias Dengler, Dark Fortune is shot through with a quiet mystery and awe at the darkness in our hearts and souls—and the light that can eclipse it. –Martin Schwartz

Swiss Window is presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.