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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)

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About a series of unsolved disappearances on the Galapagos Island of Floreana in the 1930s.
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A German couple moves to the Galapagos Islands during the 1930s, but tragically discover that life there is nothing like the paradise they sought.

Director: Marc Rothemund
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Dore Strauch (voice)
Sebastian Koch ... Heinz Wittmer (voice)
Thomas Kretschmann ... Friedrich Ritter (voice)
Diane Kruger ... Margret Wittmer (voice)
Connie Nielsen ... Baroness Von Wagner (voice)
Josh Radnor ... John Garth (voice)
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Rolf Blomberg (voice)
Octavio Latorre Octavio Latorre ... Himself - Interviewee
Fritz Hieber Fritz Hieber ... Himself - Interviewee
Steve Divine Steve Divine ... Himself - Interviewee
Teppy Angermeyer Teppy Angermeyer ... Himself - Interviewee
Jacqueline De Roy Jacqueline De Roy ... Herself - Interviewee
Gil De Roy Gil De Roy ... Himself - Interviewee
Carmen Angermeyer Carmen Angermeyer ... Herself - Interviewee
Jacob Lundh Jacob Lundh ... Himself - Interviewee
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Darwin meets Hitchcock in this feature-length documentary. THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR is a gripping tale of idealistic dreams gone awry, set in the brutal yet alluring landscape of the Galapagos Islands. Featuring voice-over performances by Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgard and Josh Radnor, this film skillfully interweaves an unsolved 1930s murder mystery with stories of present day Galapagos pioneers (a handful of Europeans, Americans and Ecuadoreans who settled idiosyncratically on the Islands between the 1930s and 1960s). As such, it is a parable about the search for paradise -- about what happens when a handful of individualists settle on the same small island seeking their own distinct and sometimes clashing notions of Eden. Written by Geller/Goldfine Productions

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25 July 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Galapagos-Affäre - Satan kam nach Eden See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,185, 6 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$247,159, 20 July 2014
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1.78 : 1
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Connections

Features The Empress of Floreana (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Tree of Life, Ashwattha
Written by David Balatishnan
Performed by Turtle Island Quartet, David Balarishnan, violin; Mark Summer, cello; Mads Tolling, violin; Jeremy Kittel, viola
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almost forgotten mystery filled out
9 May 2014 | by teharatatsSee all my reviews

I rather enjoy delving into the lesser known narratives of history. The film is a tour de force in historical research of an obscure, albeit real mystery that was a sensational item at one time (1930s.) European settlers filter onto a very remote island with different agendas, from idealistic to craven, apparently. Built from painfully researched documents and even film, and with interviews from a very special group of humans - those who have lived or were born on the Galapagos Islands, a sketchy legend comes to life into a fascinating narrative of society gone wrong. Ultimately a dark tale of the inability of humanity to go beyond a violent nature (as one aged interviewee says "it's in our genes and there is no escape") even when a few very small parties restart from scratch, isolated from virtually every other human presence on the planet, and clash.


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