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A woman’s solo sailing journey turns into a deadly serious ethical dilemma in this unusual and taut political allegory.

Dir Wolfgang Fischer
Prod Marcos Kantis
Scr Wolfgang Fischer, Ika Künzel
With Susanne Wolff, Gedion Wekesa Oduor
Sales Beta Cinema GmbH

From the opening scenes – monkeys wandering through the deserted streets of Gibraltar, an abrupt car accident – Styx holds the viewer in a strange tension, giving no hints as to where it’s going. When Rieke, one of a team of roadside paramedics, sets sail alone to Ascension Island to see Darwin’s imported flora for herself, it is initially unclear where director Wolfgang Fischer plans to take us. Susanne Wolff gives one of the finest performances of the year as the skilled amateur sailor. She is mostly wordless throughout, but exhibits an extraordinary physical presence. The film’s immersive sound design and atmosphere of mounting dread places the audience at the centre of the action with Rieke, as she sails into an impossible situation. As she does, Fischer raises questions about empathy, privilege, racism and personal responsibility.

Kate Taylor

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The introduction and Q&A will be BSL interpreted at the screening on Thur 11 Oct.

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