Rike (Susanne Wolff) embarks on a solitary voyage across the Atlantic. Time passes in comforting silence as muscle memory repeats well-practiced motions. When she comes up on a sinking boat full of exhausted refugees, however, she has to make a quick decision with human lives on the line-and no one else is going to help them. With no superfluous words, Wolfgang Fischer reaches into the past in order to confront the present: he discusses the refugee crisis by making references to the Greek myth of the River Styx, which the soul of every deceased person had to cross. "Since I started working on this film, 20,000 people have already lost their lives. Nevertheless, nothing has changed at all and there are still no specific solutions being offered," he said after the film's premiere in Berlin. While he never averts his gaze from this tragedy affecting countless people, he also doesn't waste time with vociferous declarations. To say something important, apparently you don't even have to open your mouth sometimes.
Berlin IFF 2018 - Label Europa Cinemas, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Born in Vienna in 1970, Wolfgang Fischer is an Austrian director and screenwriter. He studied Psychology and Painting at the University of Vienna and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. In 2005, as part of a scholarship for the Munich Screenplay Workshop, he was able to complete the script for What You Don't See, which was later shown at the international film festivals in Palm Springs and in Montreal, among other places. His latest drama, Styx, won numerous awards in Berlin, including the Ecumenical Jury Prize.
2001 Grau / Grey (short)
2009 Was du nicht siehst / What You Don't See
2013 The Bear
2014 The Highway of Tears