Dark Fortune

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LENGTH: 114 min
COUNTRY: Switzerland
YEAR: 2016
GENRE: Drama
LANGUAGE: Swiss German w/English subtitles
DIRECTOR: Stefan Haupt
CAST: Eleni Haupt, Noé Ricklin, Elisa Plüss, Chiara Carla Bär, Martin Hug
CREW: SCREENWRITER: Stefan Haupt; CINEMATAGRAPHER: Tobias Dengler; EDITOR: Christof Schertenleib; MUSIC: Tomas Korber, Fremdton Kollektiv; PRODUCER: Rudolf Santschi


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Shortly after finishing her masters thesis, child psychologist Eliane Hess is summoned to the hospital to help provide care for a young boy named Yves who is the sole survivor of a horrendous car wreck that claimed the lives of the boy’s entire family. Yves is spared physically but carries deep psychological wounds. His remaining relatives – a feuding grandmother and aunt – arrive and fight for custody of Yves, and Eliane is asked to make a formal evaluation of the boy so that the court can determine where to place him. During this time, Yves is allowed to stay with Eliane for further observation and the two begin to develop a special bond. As Eliane digs further into the case, she discovers that Yves’ mental trauma reaches back to much earlier time than the car crash after the aunt discloses to Eliane the abuse the father had inflicted on the family – and shortly afterward, receives a devastating phone call; the court has awarded custody of the child to the aunt with whom Yves desperately does not want to live. The boy quickly becomes near suicidal and Eliane is once again summoned to the hospital where she is offered the opportunity to have custody of Yves. She accepts, and soon learns the source of the boy’s deep psychological trauma.




hollywood_reporterThe Hollywood Reporter
By Stephen Dalton

“A classy and engrossing package overall, Dark Fortune reels viewers in with slow-burn suspense and psychological complexity. Haupt’s intense lead performance, a study in brittle professionalism masking deep trauma, stands out in a high-caliber cast.”


  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016 –  Ecumenical Jury prize
  • Cannes Junior 2017
  • 20th Shangai International Film Festival
  • 21st Berlin & Beyond Film Festival San Francisco
  • Goteburg International Film Festival 2017
  • 52. Solothumer Filmtage 2017
  • Locarno Film Festival


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2015 Mare Nostrum – A Concert. A Journey (Documentary)
2014 The Circle (Der Kreis)
2012 Sagrada – The Mystery of Creation (Documentary)
2010 How About Love
2006 A Song For Argyris (Ein Lied fur Argyris) (Documentary)
2004 Downtown Switzerland (Documentary)
2003 Moritz


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