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This film was last shown on 2 May 2019
Emergency doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) attempts to fulfil a long-held dream by sailing alone from Gibraltar to Ascension Island in the Atlantic. But her trip drastically changes course when she encounters a damaged boat overloaded with desperate refugees. Stricken by their plight, she tries her best to help them. But as time goes by and the situation worsens she is forced to make a life or death decision.
From its opening scenes, German-Austrian drama Styx captivates the viewer with an overarching tension. An unusual and provocative allegory of personal responsibility in the face of the migrant crisis, the film received glowing reviews from audiences at the Berlin and BFI London Film Festivals.
The film’s immersive sound design and atmosphere of mounting dread places the audience alongside Rike at the centre of the action, with DP Benedict Beuenfel’s precise photography imbuing the vast ocean with a sense of claustrophobia. Bolstered by director Wolfgang Fischer’s crisp filmmaking, and encompassing themes of racism, empathy, western privilege and moral responsibility, Styx is one of this year’s most provocative and gripping dramas.
- Wolfgang Fischer
- 1 hour 35 minutes
- Gedion Wekesa Oduor, Susanne Wolff