Film Styx

Styx, film still © Beta Cinema

Sat, 29.09.2018

New Plymouth, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Len Lye Centre
42 Queen St
New Plymouth

Germany / Austria 2018 (Drama)

Director: Wolfgang Fischer
Producers: Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny
Duration: 94 mins
Languages: 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