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German Film Festival | 15.10.-01.11.2020

Styx © Benedict Neuenfels


Year 2018
Runtime 94 min
Rating PG13 - Brief Nudity
Language English, German
Subtitles English subtitles only appear when foreign dialogue is spoken
Director Wolfgang Fischer
Producer Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald
Screenwriter Ika Künzel, Wolfgang Fischer
Cinematographer Benedict Neuenfels
Cast Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Kelvin Mutuku Ndinda

Rike is a successful doctor whose job demands everything of her. In her much-needed annual holiday, she wants 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 come true 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 senses that humanitarianism has degenerated into mere wishful thinking.

Wolfgang Fischer's film depicts a struggle for survival at sea, the cruelty of the situation for people in need whose fate is determined by others is palpable. The ocean becomes the scene of an allegorical, existential drama.


AWARDS (Selection)

2018 Berlin International Film Festival
Heiner Carow Prize, Wolfgang Fischer, Schiwago Film, Amour Fou Vienna
Label Europa Cinemas, Wolfgang Fischer, Schiwago Film, Amour Fou Vienna
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Wolfgang Fischer, Schiwago Film, Amour Fou Vienna

2019 Austrian Film Award
Best Director, Wolfgang Fischer
Best Screenplay, Ika Künzel, Wolfgang Fischer
Best Film Editing, Monika Willi
2019 Boulder International Film Festival
Best Feature Film, Wolfgang Fischer
Call to Action Award, Wolfgang Fischer

2019 German Film Awards
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Susanne Wolff
Best Cinematography, Benedict Neuenfels
Best Sound, Andreas Turnwald, Uwe Dresch, André Zimmerman, Tobias Fleig
Outstanding Feature Film, Marcos Kantis

2018 Guenter Rohrbach Filmpreis
Best Female Actor, Susanne Wolff

2018 Ljubljana International Film Festival
FIPRESCI Prize, Wolfgang Fischer, Schiwago Film, Amour Fou Vienna

2018 Schwerin Art of Film Festival
Best Film (Audience Award), Wolfgang Fischer, Schiwago Film, Amour Fou Vienna

2018 Valletta Film Festival
Best Actress, Susanne Wolff
Best Cinematographer, Benedict Neuenfels

Nominations (Selection)

2018 AFI Fest
Best New Auteur (Audience Award), Wolfgang Fischer 

2019 German Film Critics Association Awards
Best Cinematography, Benedict Neuenfels
Best Editing, Monika Willi

2018 LUX Prize
Best Film, Wolfgang Fischer, Schiwago Film, Amour Fou Vienna

2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival
New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize, Wolfgang Fischer

2019 Portland International Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature (Audience Award), Wolfgang Fischer



Styx will be screened at The Projector on Sat 17 Oct at 8:40 pm, on Sun 25 Oct at 5:00 pm, and on Sat 31 Oct at 5:40 pm.