Fortuna

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    Fortuna

    Directed by

    Switzerland, Belgium

    2018

    106 min

    • French
    • Amharic

    Drama

    Fortuna (14), 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.

    Awards

    • Crystal Bear for Best Film of the Generation 14plus Youth Jury, Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury - Berlin IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Kidist Siyum Beza
    Bruno Ganz
    Patrick d’Assumçao
    Assefa Zerihun Gudetan Yoann Blanc
    Screenplay
    Germinal Roaux
    Cinematography
    Colin Lévêque
    Editing
    Sophie Vercruysse
    Jacques Comets
    Production
    VEGA FILM
    Sales
    LOCO FILMS

    Press

    The look of the film gives this most contemporary of stories an almost timeless quality.

    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

    Germinal Roaux

    Germinal Roaux

    Switzerland

    Born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1975, this self-taught photographer and filmmaker works exclusively in black-and-white. As a photo journalist he has been contributing to various magazines since 1996 and he made his first documentary film DES TAS DE CHOSES in 2003. His debut feature LEFT FOOT RIGHT FOOT won numerous prizes including the Swiss Film Award in three categories. He received the Filmmaker Award at the 2016 Zurich Film Festival for FORTUNA.