Though today the Galapagos Islands remain quiet and sleepy, in 1934 the Galapagos captured the world’s attention of an international scandal of sex and murder with a Berlin Doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island.
This documentary is a tale, with fantastic film footage taken at the time of the murder mystery and excellent dramatic readings by an international cast. The film is based on a true-life story filled with melodrama, exotic lifestyles, sexual intrigue and suspicious deaths, featuring performances by Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård and Josh Radnor.
“There’s big trouble in paradise in The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, a true-life story so rife with melodrama, exotic lifestyles, sexual intrigue and suspicious deaths that it’s surprising that no film has been made about it until now.” — The Hollywood Reporter
The story develops in 1932, when Margaret Wittmer leaves Germany with her husband and son. They travel to Floreana Island, a little near – deserted island in the Galapagos archipelago and there they set up a life.
The Wittmers are surrounded by unusual neighbors, including a vegetarian philosopher and a baroness who between scandals, proclaims herself to be empress of the island. The lovers of the baroness, other settlers, scientists, explorers and military personnel also play an important role in an environment as similar to heaven as it is to hell. The events known today as the “Galapagos Affair”’ were followed attentively by media around the world.