The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden

Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a extraordinary documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the island’s “Adam and Eve”, others flock there—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Things would never be the same.

To bring this incredible story to life, filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) nimbly interweave newly unearthed home movies of the original settlers; testimonies of modern day islanders; and stunning HD footage of native flora and fauna. Macabre yet inspiring, The Galapagos Affair is a gripping parable of Robinson Crusoe adventure and utopian dreams gone awry.


“ABSORBING, SUSPENSEFUL! A STORY THIS WELL TOLD DESERVES TO BE RELISHED! Goldfine and Geller pace and structure The Galapagos Affair like the true-crime tale that it is, its mysteries rich and involving, its characters enduring in the imagination long after the film has ended.”THE VILLAGE VOICE

"A stranger-than-fiction gem." - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Plays like a remix of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness" - THE GLOBE AND MAIL


2014 / USA / Colour / English / 1.78 widescreen anamorphic presentation / Dolby 5.1 Surround / 120 minutes


Director: Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller




  • HD transfer, enhanced for widescreen viewing
  • Fourteen deleted scenes
  • Telluride Film Festival directors Q&A
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Optional subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH)
  • 5.1 and stereo soundtracks