FORTUNA (2018)

Winner of the Crystal Bear and Grand Prix in the Generation 14plus section of the 2018 Berlinale, award-winning Swiss screenwriter and photographer Germinal Roaux's stunning black-and-white refugee drama follows the eponymous Fortuna (Kidist Siyum Beza, LAMB), a 14-year-old Ethiopian girl waiting for news of her parents, from whom she has not heard since they crossed the Mediterranean Sea to the shores of Lampedusa, Italy. Together with other refugees, she is given shelter for the winter in a Catholic monastery in the Swiss Alps. This is where Fortuna meets Kabir, a 26-year-old refugee with whom she falls desperately in love. Their relationship develops in secret until the day Kabir mysteriously disappears following a police raid. Multi-award-winning Swiss actor Bruno Ganz plays a key role as Brother Jean, a monk whose very concept of Christian charity is challenged by Fortuna's complex situation. Winner, Crystal Bear and Grand Prix for Best Film (Generation 14plus), 2018 Berlinale; Official Selection, 2018 Berlin, Jerusalem and Locarno film festivals. DIR/SCR Germinal Roaux; PROD Ruth Waldburger. Ethiopia/Switzerland/Belgium, 2018, b&w, 106 min. In French and Amharic with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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106 Minutes
Drama, coming-of-age

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