Dark Fortune

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    Dark Fortune

    Finsteres Glück

    Directed by



    114 min

    • Swiss German


    Late at night, psychologist Eliane Hess is called to the hospital bed of 8-year-old Yves. The boy is the only family member to have survived a car crash. Eliane is both horrified and fascinated by the boy’s fate. An invisible bond develops between them, blurring the boundaries between private and working life. Based on the novel “Finsteres Glück” by Lukas Hartmann, DARK FORTUNE tells us a tender, highly unusual story about belonging and love, exploring the question of guilt and innocence and illustrating the fearless courage to face one’s destiny.


    Labels & Line Ups


    Eleni Haupt
    Noe Ricklin
    Elisa Pluss
    Chiara Carla Bar
    Martin Hug
    Stefan Haupt
    Tobias Dengler
    Christof Schertenleib

    Director's Statement

    On August 11, 1999, I boarded an early morning train from Zurich to Strasburg to witness the solar eclipse that would take place on that day in the Alsace and southern Germany. There, at the Quai de la Petite France, I waited for the great moment among hundreds and maybe even thousands of other people. We were lucky. The sun was shining at noon. The growing darkness, the silence of the birds and the people, the pallid light, the sudden coolness: it was a magical, uncanny moment and instinctively, I understood why solar eclipses were, and often still are, interpreted as fateful omens of disaster sent by the gods. Eleven years later, I received a small package from Lukas Hartmann. The well-known Swiss author had sent me his latest novel Finsteres Glück (Dark Fortune): his narrative opens on that very same day. I started reading the book and was instantly spellbound.



    A classy and engrossing package overall, Dark Fortune reels viewers in with slow-burn suspense and psychological complexity.

    Stephan Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Stefan Haupt

    Stefan Haupt


    Stefan Haupt was born in Zurich in 1961. He attended the Zurich Drama School from 1985 to 1988, obtaining a degree in Theater Education. Since 1989 he has worked as a director and filmmaker. In 1998 he founded his own production company, Fontana Film, in Zurich. His feature film debut UTOPIA BLUES was honoured with the Zurich Film Prize and the Swiss Film Prize, among others. ELISABETH KUBLER-ROSS remains the most successful Swiss documentary film to date, with some 300,000 viewers throughout Europe. From 2008 to 2010 Stefan Haupt was president of the Swiss Filmmakers Association, and has been a board member of the foundation of SWISS FILMS, the promotion agency, since 2007. Stefan Haupt is married to actress Eleni Haupt; they live in Zurich with their four children.

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