Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

You couldn't make this stuff up, and, as [this] lively new documentary reports, you don't have to.

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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos’ “Adam and Eve”, others flock there—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Things would never be the same.

To bring this extraordinary story to life, filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) nimbly interweave newly unearthed home movies of these original settlers; testimonies of modern day islanders; stunning HD footage of native flora and fauna; and powerful voice performances by Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård and Josh Radnor. Macabre yet inspiring, The Galapagos Affair is a gripping parable of Robinson Crusoe adventure and utopian dreams gone awry.

OFFICIAL SELECTION
- TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2013
OFFICIAL SELECTION
- HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013
OFFICIAL SELECTION
- BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014
Genre
Documentary, Bio-pic, Crime
Runtime
120
Language
English
Director
Daniel Geller
Dayna Goldfine
Cast
Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Josh Radnor, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård, Sebastian Koch
FEATURED REVIEW
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

Imagine Robinson Crusoe penned by Agatha Christie and you’ll get a sense of the true-crime mystery in this fascinating doc reenacted with the voice of Cate Blanchett, among others. In 1929, an eccentric German couple moved to a remote Pacific island only to be followed by other Eden seekers ...

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