Berlin — Featuring as part of the Berlin Film Festival’s Generation 14plus section, “Fortuna,” the sophomore outing of Lausanne-born director Germinal Roux, tells the story of an immigrant 14-year old Ethiopian girl who, after crossing the Mediterranean, finds refuge in a Swiss Alpine Catholic monastery.
“Fortuna” is sold by Paris-based Loco
films and produced by Ruth Waldburger
at Swiss Vega Productions, in co-production with Géraldine Sprimont
and Anne-Laure Guégan
’s Need Productions
. Starring Kidist Siyum
, the cast also includes international cinema icon Bruno Ganz
, who has worked with Eric Rohmer, Théo Angelopoulos, Wim Wenders
, Ridley Scott
and Terrence Malick
Roux is one of a notable number of Swiss filmmakers, like those of the omnibus feature “Wonderland
,” which premiered at Locarno in 2015, feeling the urge to address hot issues such as migration, which was, for a long time, excluded from their national cinema and political debate.
A B&W movie – like all Roux’ films – capturing the appeal