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Ben Russell – Good Luck #Locarno70

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A portrait of two different mining communities

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8 min. and 31 sec.

PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Ben Russell, director of the film Good Luck.

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Director Ben Russell talks about his latest film, Good Luck, from the 70th Locarno Festival where it screened as part of the international competition. This documentary is a portrait of two mining communities in different parts of the world: Serbian copper miners and gold miners from Suriname. Russell talks about his reasons for making the movie. We also dissect the film and single out a number of elements of Good Luck, including the use of black and white close-ups of the miners and what having shot the film on Super16mm film adds to it..

Good Luck: shot on Super16mm, Good Luck is a portrait of two mining communities operating on opposite sides of a hostile world: the state employees of a 400m-deep underground Serbian copper mine and the Maroon laborers of an illegal gold mining operation in the jungle tropics of Suriname.

For the official page of the film on the festival website, click here.


  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Ben Russell
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Good Luck
  • Festival section
    International Competition
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