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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 fatal decision.
|Writer(s):||Wolfgang Fischer, Ika Künzel|
|Key cast:||Susanne Wolff, Gedion Wekesa Oduor, Kelvin Mutuku Ndinda|
|Producers:||Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bady Minck, Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny|
|Premiere:||Berlin (Panorama Special opening film)|
|Awards (selection):||Label Europa Cinemas + Prize of the Ecumenical Jury + Heiner-Carow-Award (Berlin), Best Film + Best Music & Sound Design + Audience Award (Schwerin), Best Performance to Susanne Wolff and Best Cinematography to Benedict Neuenfels (La Valetta), Creative Energy Award for Outstanding individual achievements to Suanne Wolff/acting & Benedict Neuenfels/cinematography (Emden-Norderney), Deutscher Menschenrechts-Filmpreis, German Metropolis Awards: Best Director + Best Actress Susanne Wolff + Award for contribution as a Producer Marcos Kantis, Erste Bank’s ExtraVALUE Film Award (Vienna/Viennale)|
Austrian films at the 68th Berlinale
Ruth Beckermann, Katharina Mückstein, Ludwig Wüst, Werner Boote and three more co-productions add up to an outstanding Austrian presence at the Berlinale 2018: Forum with THE WALDHEIM WALTZ by R. Beckermann and DEPARTURE by L. Wüst. Panorama Special with L’ANIMALE by K.Mückstein, Culinary Cinema presents W. Boote’s THE GREEN LIE.
Best Berlinale Documentary THE WALDHEIM WALTZ
Ruth Beckermann wins the GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL – DOCUMENTARY AWARD selected out of 18 nominated films from the different Berlinale programmes, endowed with € 50,000. Wolfgang Fischer’s STYX took three awards including the EUROPA CINEMAS BERLINALE LABEL, the Prize of the ECUMENICAL JURY for the films screened at the Panorama and the HEINER CAROW Prize.
La Valetta awards STYX and WELCOME TO SODOM
Wolfgang Fischer’s STYX garners two awards at La Valetta Film Festival, including the prize for Best Performance to Susanne Wolff and Best Cinematography to Benedict Neuenfels. The Best Cinematography award of the documentary competition went to Christian Kermer, DOP of WELCOME TO SODOM.
MADEMOISELLE PARADIS among 49 films recommended for EFA
The European Film Academy has released a list of 49 films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2018. On top of MADEMOISELLE PARADIS by Barbara Albert, the selection comprises also two Austrian co-productions – STYX by Wolfgang Fischer and 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON.