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STYX

STYX
© Benedict Neuenfels

The transformation of a strong woman torn from her contented world during a sailing trip.

Rike - 40, a doctor from Europe - embodies a typical Western model of happiness and success. She is educated, confident, determined and committed. We see Rike’s everyday life, as an emergency doctor, before she fulfils a long-held dream and sails out to sea alone in her sailing boat. Her goal: Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. But her dream holiday is quickly broken off on the high seas, when, after a storm, she finds herself near a stricken fishing boat. Around a hundred people are about to drown. Rike follows maritime law and radios for help. As her request is going nowhere, she is forced to make a fatal decision.


Wolfgang Fischer was born in 1970 in Vienna/Austria. From 1990-1995, he studied Psychology and Painting at the University of Vienna and Film and Video at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, followed by studies in Film and Television at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne. His films include: 9H11 (short, 1999), REMAKE OF THE REMAKE (doc, 1999), GREY (short, 2001), WHAT YOU DON'T SEE (2009), THE BEAR (2013), and STYX (2018).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2018
Director Wolfgang Fischer
Screenplay Wolfgang Fischer, Ika Künzel
Cinematography Benedict Neuenfels
Cast Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Kelvin Mutuku Ndinda, Inga Birkenfeld, Alexander Beyer, Anika Menger
Producers Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny
Co-Producers Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bady Minck
Production Company Schiwago Film/Berlin, in co-production with AMOUR FOU Vienna
Length 94 min
Format color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German, English
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2018 (Panorama Special - Opening Film), Hong Kong 2018, Istanbul 2018, Ankara 2018, Valletta 2018, Shanghai 2018, Jerusalem 2018, Venice 2018, Toronto 2018, Vancouver 2018, BFI London 2018, Hamptons 2018, CPH PIX 2018, Reykjavik 2018, Helsinki 2018, Chicago 2018, Gent 2018, Festival du nouveau cinéma Montreal 2018, Denver 2018, Stockholm 2018, Viennale 2018, AFI Fest Los Angeles 2018, Arras 2018, Thessaloniki 2018, Taipei Golden Horse 2018, Sevilla 2018, Black Nights Tallinn 2018, Les Arcs 2018, Cork 2018, Philadelphia 2018, Palm Springs 2019, Glasgow 2019, Bengaluru 2019, Cleveland 2019, Boulder 2019, Luxembourg City FF 2019, Lecce 2019
Awards Europa Cinemas Label, Heiner Carow Award & Panorama Ecumenical Jury Award Berlinale 2018, Bavaria Film Prize 2019 (Best Cinematography), Best Feature Boulder 2019, Prix du Jury Jeune Luxembourg City FF 2019
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, German Federal Film Fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, BKM, Austrian Film Institute, Malta Film Commission
German Distributor Zorro Film/Munich

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