Synopsis & Film Details

A critical favorite at this year’s Berlinale, this action-driven drama artistically conceptualizes the dominating force of nature and its ultimate disregard for human intention. The film depicts the transformation of a strong woman, Rieke, who is torn from her contented world during a sailing trip. When she becomes the only person to come to the aid of a group of refugees shipwrecked on the high seas, Rieke is shown the limits of her importance and of the empathy of her cultural milieu. She is left slipping from one challenge to the next, with only chance to save her. In his sophomore feature, filmmaker Wolfgang Fischer employs vivid cinematography and amplified sound to highlight the relentlessness of the ocean, which not only serves as a backdrop but also transcends this role to become a tyrannical character itself. Featuring an evocative lead performance by Susanne Wolff. In English and German, with English subtitles.
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Director: Wolfgang Fischer
Germany/Austria (2018) • 94 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Film Movement

With short film: Jaunty
Director: Lorenzo Thomas • USA (2018) • 5 minutes
A young man struggles with his multiple personalities. First place winner, Aspiring division, CMAC 60 Hour Film Race 2018. To be shown at the start of the program. After Styx, join local filmmaker Lorenzo Thomas on the theater terrazzo for a Q&A, moderated by Filmworks board member Sirley Carballo.