by Wolfgang Fischer

The transformation of a strong woman torn from her contented world during a sailing trip.

Rike - 40, a doctor from Europe - embodies a typical Western model of happiness and success. She is educated, confident, determined and committed. We see Rike's everyday life, as an emergency doctor, before she fulfils a long-held dream and sails out to sea alone in her sailing boat. Her goal: Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. But her dream holiday is quickly broken off on the high seas, when, after a storm, she finds herself near a stricken fishing boat. Around a hundred people are about to drown. Rike follows maritime law and radios for help. As her request is going nowhere, she is forced to make a momentous decision.

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German, English / 94 minutes
Original title
directed by
Wolfgang Fischer (WHAT YOU DON‘T SEE)
produced by
Schiwago Film GmbH in co-production with Amour Fou Vienna GmbH
  • Susanne Wolff (RETURN TO MONTAUK)
  • Gedion Wekesa Oduor
  • Alexander Beyer (GOODBYE LENIN!)
  • Inga Birkenfeld (THE LIVES OF OTHERS)

Press Quotes

“Engrossing. As in DUNKIRK, elemental depictions of sea, sky and survival take precedence over character beats.”
SCREENDAILY – 3 out of 4 stars

“A spinning moral compass and a topical dimension that proves even more gripping than its brilliantly achieved visceral action.”

“Carrying practically the entire film, Wolff is never less than remarkable in a demanding role that's 80 percent silence and 20 percent English-language dialogue.”

“A remarkable film. A very powerful story. ALL IS LOST meets FUOCOAMMARE.”
FIRSTSHOWING – 9 out of 10 stars

“Styx is filmmaking stripped back, retracted to its most basic elements, which gives it a power and complexity that elicits a tangible emotional response.”
THE UPCOMING – 4 out of 5 stars