German Film Festival 2018

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Germany / Austria 2018 (Drama)
Festivals (selection): Berlin 2018, Schwerin 2018
Awards (selection): Label Europa Cinemas 2018, Heiner-Carow-Award 2018, Filmkunstfest MV 2018 (Best Film, Audience Award)
Director: Wolfgang Fischer
Screenplay: Wolfgang Fischer, Ika Künzel
Cinematography: Benedict Neuenfels
Editor: Monika Willi
Music: Dirk von Lowtzow
With: Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa
Producers: Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny
Duration: 94 mins
Language: German, English, Kisuaheli (with English subtitles)
Rating: M
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. Her desire for a carefree holiday seems to be coming to pass but then, after a storm, her beautiful adventure suddenly 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 organise help, but she increasingly feels that humanitarianism has deteriorated into mere wishful thinking.

Text: Berlin International Film Festival


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