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Directed by Ben Russell

France, Germany 2017 143 mins. In Serbian, Saramaccan

“Shot on Super16mm, Good Luck is a bifurcated portrait of two mining communities operating on opposite sides of a hostile world: the State employees of a deep, underground Serbian copper mine and the laborers of a small-scale, illegal gold mine in the jungle tropics of Suriname. . . . This surprisingly moving study. . . restores visibility to an often unseen labour force, a precarious and politically charged product of our increasingly globalized world. . . . Seemingly simple in its construction, [it] is both epic and intimate as it explores how collective solidarity can arise from harsh conditions and alienated labour, finding in physical gestures the outward expressions of perseverance and hope.”—Toronto International Film Festival. In Serbian and Saramaccan with English subtitles.

Filmography: A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013), Let Each One Go Where He May (2009)

Reviews: MUBI Notebook, The Film Stage, Cineuropa, Criterion Daily, Cinema Scope

Interviews: Film Comment, 4:3

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