• Wolfgang Fischer
  • Germany, Austria
  • 2018
  • 94'

Rike is a successful doctor whose job demands everything of her. She intends to use her much-needed annual holiday to fulfil her long-cherished dream of sailing single-handedly from Gibraltar to Ascension, a small tropical island in the middle of the Atlantic. But her beautiful adventure turns into an unprecedented challenge when she spots a badly damaged, hopelessly overloaded refugee boat nearby. More than a hundred people face drowning. Rike tries to organize help, but she increasingly feels that humanitarianism has deteriorated into mere wishful thinking. Styx depicts a struggle for survival at sea which makes palpable the cruelty of the situation for people in dire straits whose fate is determined by others. The film won several awards at this year’s Berlinale (Panorama) – Heiner Carow Award, Ecumenical Jury Award and Europe Cinemas Label Award.

Subtitles: HR, EN

Wolfgang Fischer

He has directed several short films and worked as an assistant for Paul Morrissey. In 2005, he received a scriptwriting scholarship for the Munich Screenplay Workshop where he developed the script for his debut film What You Don’t See (Was Du nicht siehst, 2009).


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Festivals & Awards
Berlinale 2018 (Panorama) – Heiner Carow Award, Ecumenical Jury Award, Europe Cinemas Label Award; Filmkunstfest MV 2018 – Grand Prix, Audience Award, Best Sound Design; Istanbul Int’l Film Festival 2018; Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival 2018; Ankara Int’l Film Festival 2018

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