Darwin meets Hitchcock in the feature-length documentary THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR, a gripping tale of idealistic dreams gone awry set in the brutal yet alluring landscape of the Galapagos Islands in the 1930s.
Featuring voice-over performances by Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård and Josh Radnor, this film skillfully interweaves an unsolved 1930s murder mystery with stories of present day Galapagos pioneers (a handful of Europeans, Americans and Ecuadoreans who settled idiosyncratically on the Islands between the 1930s and 1960s).
When Berlin physician Friedrich Ritter left Germany in 1929 with his lover Dore Strauch to make a life on the deserted Galapagos Island of Floreana, he envisioned a paradise of solitude in which he would be able to write great philosophical tracts while carving out a rudimentary existence based on Nietzsche's doctrine of the Superman. What Ritter and Strauch didn't count on was being discovered by the international press, who rapidly trumpeted their exploits as “The Adam and Eve of the Galapagos.”
With flocked to the shores of Floreana, this fame others soon each seeking to realize his or her own personal ambitions: Heinz Wittmer, his pregnant wife and teenage son who left Cologne in 1931 determined to become “The Swiss Family Robinsons of the Galapagos”; and shortly thereafter, the Austrian Baroness Eloise von Wagner Bosquet who, declaring herself the “Empress of Floreana,” arrived toting a pearl-handled revolver, a harem of young men and a grandiose set of plans for opening a luxury hotel catering to billionaire yachtsmen.
THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN is the tale of what happened when these disparate dreams collided
on a harsh island barely capable of supporting human
life: a study of mysterious disappearances and likely murder for some,
but also of survival and triumph for others. Set in the archipelago where Darwin
made his revolutionary discoveries about species adaptability, THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR explores the realities of
building a civilized existence absent
any social structures and norms, and the resulting unique and often troubled
history of human interaction on the Galapagos Islands.