EFA Selection


Wolfgang Fischer | Germany, Austria | 2018 | 94 min.
O.V. in English subtitled in Spanish

Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize and the Europa Cinemas Label in the Berlinale, a film that presents self-righteous Europe with a moral dilemma that is hard to resolve. Rike, 40, is a strong woman, a doctor who, on her holidays, decides to sail alone from Gibraltar to a tropical island. But in the middle of a storm she comes across a boat carrying refugees and in serious trouble. Her desire to help is frustrated by her limited resources, the indifference of the authorities and the desperate situation of the crowded boat.

Direction: Wolfgang Fischer
Script: Wolfgang Fischer, Ika Künzel
Cinematography: Benedict Neuenfels aac/bvk
Editing: Monika Willi, aea Music: Dirk von Lowtzow
Sound: Uwe Dresch, Andre Zimmermann
Cast: Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Weseka
Production: Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny
Production Company: Schiwago Film, AMOUR Fou Vienna

Wolfgang Fischer

He was born in 1970 in Vienna and studied Psychology and Painting at the University of Vienna, and then Cinema at the Academy of Art in Dusseldorf and at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne. He worked as an assistant to Paul Morrissey and Nan Hoover. His films include the short films In Time (1994), 9h11 (1999), Disk – Dusk (1999), Schoen 2000 (2000) and Grau (2001), the documentary Remake of the Remake (1999) and the feature film What You Don't See (2009). Styx, his latest film, won three awards at the Berlinale: the Ecumenical Jury Award, the Europa Cinemas Label and the Heiner Carow.

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