LUX FILM PRIZE

 

GERMANY, AUSTRIA

STYX

2018 – DCP – colore – 94′

 

Direction: Wolfgang Fischer

Screenplay: Wolfgang Fischer, Ika Künzel

Cinematography: Benedict Neuenfels

Editing: Monika Willi

Set design: Wolfgang Fischer

Costumes: Nicole Fischnaller

Cast: Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Alexander Beyer, Inga Birkenfeld

Producers: Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny

Production: Schiwago Film GmbH, Amour Fou Vienna

 

SYNOPSIS

She sails alone, and her odyssey to the SouthAtlantic also takes her on a personal journey that prompts her to explore her innermost being. On board her boat, she divides her timebetween steering and reading the books she has brought with her, but one night, however, fate turns all her plans upside down: a violent storm blows into Rike’s path  to the north-east of the Cape Verde islands — an old fishing boat carrying a hundred or so migrants who are sending desperate signals in her direction. She tries in vain to establish radio contact with the boat…

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“My film is intended to be a metaphor calling for a sense of responsibility. Just as the protagonist can’t solve such a big problemalone, so the countries can’t expect only one of them to face the human tragedy of immigration. Only working together, shoulder byshoulder, we can find a real solution. Choosing a man as the leading character would have been too conventional, there fore Ipreferred a female protagonist. Not an ordinary woman, but a modern woman. And I also tried to minimize dialogue in order to only focus on her and her relationship with the ocean.”

 

AWARDS

2018 Berlinale – Panorama: Label Europa Cinemas, Premio Heiner Carow Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

2018 Ljubljana IFF: FIPRESCI Prize

2019 Austrian Film Award:  Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Film Editing