Director: Germinal Roaux
Section: Rendezvous with French Cinema
Country: Switzerland, Belgium | Year: 2018
Language(s): French | Time: 106 mins
Fortuna, a 14-year-old Ethiopian girl, has had no news of her parents since they crossed the Mediterranean Sea. Along with other refugees, she is given shelter for the winter in a Swiss catholic monastery. While she waits for her fate to be decided by the Swiss authorities, Fortuna finds out she is pregnant. Her choice and the arrival of refugees will jolt the religious community and challenge their concept of Christian charity.
Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1975, Germinal Roaux is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker working exclusively in black-and-white. As a photo journalist he has been contributing to various magazines since 1996, and he made his first documentary, Des tas de choses, in 2003. His debut feature, Left Foot Right Foot (2014), won numerous prizes including the Swiss Film Award in three categories. He received the Filmmaker Award at the 2016 Zurich Film Festival for Fortuna.