GOOD LUCK by Ben Russell

GOOD LUCK by Ben Russell
(France, Germany)


Filmed between a state-owned large-scale underground mine in the war-torn state of Serbia and an illegal mining collective in the tropical heat of Suriname, срећно / kölōku is a visceral documentary portrait of hope and sacrifice in a time of global economic turmoil.  Beginning with a 600 meter descent into the depths of the earth, срећно / kölōku shines a flashlight onto the human face of labor in the time-warp’d working conditions of an underground state-owned mine in Serbia.  The hiss of oxygen cuts through the diesel rumble, the walls of the office vibrate with explosions two levels below ; war-torn and half-forgotten, these miners’ physical struggle finds its mirror a continent away - in the tropical heat of an illegal Surinamese gold mine.  The water pumps roar under the blinding sun ; silver liquid rolls across the hand of a Saramaccan Maroon as he adds mercury to dirt in a never-ending search for gold.  Formed between dark and light, cold and heat, North and South, срећно / kölōku immerses its viewer in the precarious natural and social environments of two distinct labor groups so as to better understand the bonds that men share. In a time of global economic turmoil, here is the human foundation of capital, revealed.

technical and artistic details
language - Saramaccan, Serbian, English
location - Serbia, Suriname
format - Super 16mm 
length - 120'

director - Ben Russell                                                              
producer - Janja Kralj – KinoElektron
coproducer - Guillaume Cailleau – CaSK Films (Germany) 
director of photography - Ben Russell
steadicam operator - Chris Fawcett
sound - Jakov Munizaba
editing - Ben Russell, Maja Tennstedt