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Director: Wolfgang Fischer

Screenwriter: Wolfgang Fischer, Ika Künzel

Producer: Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald

Editor: Monika Willi

Cast: Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa

Cinamatographer: Benedict Neuenfels

 

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Styx

Madison Premiere • narrative • Germany,Australia • 2018 • DCP • German,English with English subtitles • 94 MIN

section: New International Cinema

A woman alone in a boat at sea, a sudden storm, and a race against time. It's a basic formula that has been used several times in recent years, but this is more than just a survival adventure. It's also a moral thriller, in which a comfortable European doctor is confronted with her own helplessness in the face of a sinking ship full of North African refugees. Relying on rigorously simple filmmaking techniques to place us in the cramped, isolated boat with our reluctant hero, Styx is both a challenging geopolitical fable and a tense genre exercise in which every glance over the empty ocean and every fruitless conversation with the coast guard takes on unbearable levels of tension. In what amounts to a one-woman show, Susanne Wolff offers a remarkable display of finely-tuned, tightly-wound desperation, as we watch her character slowly sink into panic without ever losing her fortitude or determination. Critically lauded from the moment of its Berlin Film Festival premiere, this is a sterling example of thoughtful, politically engaged cinematic art that's also riveting entertainment. (TB)
 

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