The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

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USA | 2013 | 120 minutes | Dan Geller, Danya Goldfine

January 25, 2014

Darwin meets Hitchcock in this gripping murder-mystery about European ex-pats in the 1930s searching for utopia on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos.

Film: $11 | $6 SIFF Members
Festival Pass: $60 | $40 SIFF Members (includes Opening Night party)

The beautiful, yet brutal landscape of Floreana serves as a perfect background for the drama surrounding Dr. Fredrich Ritter and his lover Dore Strauch. Too soon their lives are invaded by the Wittmer family and the Baroness with her two young lovers. When you're on an island, there are no good fences to make good neighbors. Featuring rare archival footage not seen in 70 years, and with voice performances by Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, and Josh Radnor, The Galapagos Affair weaves "a human history" with modern-day interviews, spinning an adventurous tale of idealistic dreams gone awry.

  • Director: Dan Geller, Danya Goldfine
  • Principal Cast: Voices of Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård, Josh Radnor
  • Country: USA, Ecuador, Germany, Norway
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 120 minutes
  • Producer: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine, Celeste Schaefer Snyder
  • Screenplay: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine, Celeste Schaefer Snyder
  • Cinematographers: Daniel Geller
  • Editors: Bill Weber
  • Music: Laura Karpman
  • Filmography: Something Ventured (2011), Ballets Russes (2005), Now and Then: From Frosh to Seniors (1999), Kids of Survival (1996), Frosh: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm (1994), Isadora Duncan: Movement from the Soul (1989), Sundance: A Matter of Process (1986)
  • US Distributor: Zeitgeist Films