Good Luck

by Ben Russel

France, Germany

synopsis

Beginning with a 400-meter descent into the depths of the earth, Good Luck shines a ashlight onto the human face of labor in the time-warped 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.

Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival 2017, Cork International Film Festival, Mar del Plata Film Festival, National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA  2018.

Language : Serbian, Saramakan
Length : 143′
Format : HD

Screenwriter : Ben Russel
Screenplay consultant : Geoffroy Grison
Production : KinoElektron
Coproduction : CaSk Films (Germany)

Team

Ben Russel (director of photography), Chris Fawcett (steadicam), Helene Degrandcourt, Guillaume Cailleau, Ville Piipo (Assistant camera), Ben Russell, Maja Tennstedt (editing), Unai Rosende (color grading), Jakov Munizaba, Simon Apostolou, Nicholas Becker (sound), Fabien Trampont (post-production supervisor)

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