Styx (OmeU)

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Styx (OmeU)

Wolfgang Fischer
D/A, 2018
Features, 94min, OmeU

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Styx (OmeU)

Wolfgang Fischer
D/A, 2018
Features, 94min, OmeU

Cast: 
Susanne Wolff
Rike
Gedion Oduor Wekesa
Kingsley
Screenplay: 
Wolfgang Fischer
Ika Künzel
Sound: 
Uwe Dresch
Andre Zimmermann
Camera: 
Benedict Neuenfels
Editor: 
Monika Willi
Costume: 
Nicole Fischnaller

Production: 
Schiwago Film
Amour Fou Vienna
World Sales: 
Beta Cinema
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen
Format: 
DCP
Color

Based on real events, STYX opens with an eerie image: A pair of monkeys climbs the walls of the Youth Club in Gibraltar that overlook the sprawling port. A sign on the wall reads, “Celebrating Glorious Years,” but the structures show signs of decay and point to an ominous past. The story segues to a first-response medic, Rike, who undertakes a solitary ocean journey to reach the Ascension Island in the Atlantic, in the footsteps of young Charles Darwin. Rike’s skills and nerve are tested when she withers a vicious storm on her small yacht. Off the coast of Mauritania, she comes upon a sinking fishing trawler carrying refugees, and sends out repeated calls for help, but soon must choose between her own safety and the laws that forbid her direct contact with the sinking men, and her sense of responsibility. Austere and rapturous in turns, STYX revels in the self-reliance of a woman who in pursuit of earthy haven encounters its opposite: A western world whose procedural rules of conduct remain immune and insufficient vis a vis the urgency of humanitarian crisis, and more importantly, a situation in which her own limited agency slowly pushes her to the brink of despair. (Ela Bittencourt)

In the presence of Wolfgang Fischer, Susanne Wolff and Ika Künzel (co-author).

Wolfgang Fischer GRAU (2001, K), WAS DU NICHT SIEHST (2009)