English title

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 laborers of an illegal gold mine in the jungle tropics of Suriname.
Original title СРЕЋНО / KÖLŌKU
Director Ben Russell
Sales Agent Stray Dogs
Genre Documentary
Year 2017
Delivery status Completed
Date of availability
Technical Information
Language Serbian, Saramaccan
Duration 143
Color or B&W Color
Image ratio 1.85
Sound format 5.1 uncompressed
Producer Janja Kralj, Guillaume Cailleau
Production Companies CaSk Film, KinoElektron
Beginning with a 600-meter descent into the depths of the earth, Good Luck shines a flashlight onto the human face of labor in the time-warp’d working conditions of an underground state-owned mine in Serbia. The hiss of oxygen cuts through the diesel rumble, the walls of the office vibrate with explosions two levels below; war-torn and half-forgotten, these miners’ physical struggle finds its mirror a continent away – in the tropical heat of an illegal Surinamese gold mine. The water pumps roar under the blinding sun; silver liquid rolls across the hand of a Saramaccan Maroon as he adds mercury to dirt in a never-ending search for gold. Formed between dark and light, cold and heat, North and South, Good Luck immerses its viewer in the precarious natural and social environments of two distinct labor groups so as to better understand the bonds that men share. In a time of global economic turmoil, here is the human foundation of capital, revealed.
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Awards & Festivals
Curitiba Festival Artistic Contribution Award (Ben Russell) in 2018
National Society of Film Critics Awards (Ben Russell) in 2018