• Germinal Roaux
  • Switzerland, Belgium
  • 2018.
  • 106'
  • Fortuna

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 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 until the day Kabir disappears. With a grand palette of images, from the violently churning sea to the sublimely menacing Alpine peaks, Germinal Roaux paints the portrait of a soul left stranded and attempts to fathom the limits of love. The film won the Crystal Bear for Best Film and Grand Prix in Generation 14plus program at Berlinale 2018 and was screened in Swiss Panorama in Locarno.

Subtitles: HR, EN

Germinal Roaux

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.


Germinal Roaux
Germinal Roaux
Kidist Siyum Beza, Bruno Ganz, Patrick D’Assumçao, Assefa Zerihun Gudeta, Yoann Blanc
Colin Levêque
Sophie Vercruysse, Jacques Comets
Ruth Waldburger, Anne-Laure Guégan, Géraldine Sprimont
Vega Production, Need Productions, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG SSR, Proximus
Festivals & Awards
Berlinale 2018 – Crystal Bear for Best Film & Generation 14plus Grand Prix; Festival Locarno 2018 – Swiss Panorama; Golden Apricot Yerevan Int’l Film Festival 2018 – Silver Award

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