Styx

Times:

  • 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 4, 2018

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

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.

Director: Wolfgang Fischer
Germany/Austria (2018) • 94 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Film Movement

Reviews

"Filming this cannot have been easy but the assembly is pro on all levels. That said, technically, the biggest stars are the color graders, who have turned the Atlantic into a hypnotic, vacation-brochure blue that sharply contrasts with the life-and-death situation of the refugees." — Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
"The film forgoes any musical accompaniment but for a couple of mournful twangs from rock guitarist Dirk von Lowtzow that play over the end credits. Instead, the rustling wind and crashing water remain our constant companions, while cinematographer Benedict Neuenfels captures the mercurial ocean in crisp digital photography" — Ben Croll, ScreenDaily
"Filming this cannot have been easy but the assembly is pro on all levels. That said, technically, the biggest stars are the color graders, who have turned the Atlantic into a hypnotic, vacation-brochure blue that sharply contrasts with the life-and-death situation of the refugees." — Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
"The film forgoes any musical accompaniment but for a couple of mournful twangs from rock guitarist Dirk von Lowtzow that play over the end credits. Instead, the rustling wind and crashing water remain our constant companions, while cinematographer Benedict Neuenfels captures the mercurial ocean in crisp digital photography" — Ben Croll, ScreenDaily

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.