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, Good Luck 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, Good Luck 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, Good Luck 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