05 Feb 2020

Director: Wolfgang Fischer

Germany, Austria


94 min

Rieke, a determined and confident Emergency doctor, embodies a Western ideal of happiness and success. She wants to fulfil a long-held dream by sailing alone from Gibraltar to the volcanic Ascension Island. Her voyage changes course drastically when she encounters a damaged boat overloaded with desperate refugees. Stricken by their plight, Rieke feels duty-bound to help them but, as time goes by and the situation develops, she is forced to make difficult decisions. Bolstered by director Wolfgang Fischer’s crisp film making and encompassing themes of racism, empathy, Western privilege and moral responsibility, Styx is a provocative, gripping and thought-provoking drama.

Boulder International Film Festival 2019 – Winner of Best Feature Film Award