STYX depicts the transformation of a strong woman 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, she is shown the limits of her importance and of the empathy of her cultural milieu. She is left slipping impotently from one nightmare to the next, and by the end she is forced to recognize that there is no way to counter the cruelties of real life. Only chance can save her.
- Special Mention - Reykjavik FF
- ExtraVALUE Film Award - Viennale
- Susanne Wolff
- Gedion Oduor Wekesa
- Felicity Babao
- Wolfgang Fischer
- Ika Künzel
- Benedict Neuenfels
- Monika Willi
- BETA CINEMA
- AMOUR FOU FILMPRODUKTION GMBH
Susanne Wolff thrills in Wolfgang Fischer's visceral, oceanic allegory about personal responsibility in the face of the refugee crisis.
...a moral allegory, minimalistic yet efficient like a blow to the stomach and, sadly, oh-so-current, as it comments on the state of our terrifyingly polarised world, a world inexorably split in two.
Born in Vienna, Austria in 1970, Wolfgang Fischer studied psychology and painting at the University of Vienna as well as film and video at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Nan Hoover. From 1996 to 2001 he took a degree in film and television at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. In 2002 he attended a course in how to work with actors led by Mark Travis in Poland and in 2004 a workshop for writing and developing genre with Stephen Cleary and Simon van der Borgh in Rome. In 2005 he received a scriptwriting scholarship for the Munich Screenplay Workshop where he developed the script for his debut film WHAT YOU DON'T SEE (2009). STYX (2018) is his most recent film.