Filmed on Super 16mm and winner of the prestigious National Society of Film Critics’ Experimental Film Award, Good Luck is the latest from acclaimed multi-hyphenate Ben Russell (A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, MIFF 2014). Yet another extraordinary experience that cannot be replicated, this powerful and visionary work of art is a feat of documentary filmmaking that is a festival-only experience.
Russell spent months integrated into the two worlds of Good Luck. Whether it’s kilometres below the surface of a copper mine in Serbia, or in the sweltering tropical heat of an illegal open-air gold mine in the tiny South American nation of Suriname, Russell offers a glimpse into the lives of the forgotten faces of these two politically charged nations. This is a deeply humanistic portrait of labourers that cannot be easily forgotten.