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Telluride: Zeitgeist Films Explores ‘Galapagos Affair’

Documentary explores unsolved 1930s murder

In a deal made on the eve of Telluride Film Festival, Zeitgeist Films has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden.”

Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller’s film, which mixes the exploration of an unsolved 1930s murder with the clashing notions of the idea of an Eden with remembrances of Galapagos residents, will have its world debut on Thursday at the fest. It features vintage “home movie” footage of the characters in their Galapagos surroundings on the island of Floreana.

German doctor Friedrich Ritter had brought his wife to the island in 1929 and began drawing others to their neo-primitive living experiment.

Voice cast includes Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård and Josh Radnor.

Celeste Schaefer Snyder co-wrote and produced and Jonathan Dana exec produced.

Zeitgeist is planning a spring theatrical release. The deal was negotiated by Zeitgeist’s Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo with Goldfine, Geller and Dana.

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