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Styx

2018, Wolfgang Fischer, Germany, 94 min.
With Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 5th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Apr 5th 6:15pm
  • Sat, Apr 6th 4:30pm
  • Sat, Apr 6th 8:15pm
  • Sun, Apr 7th 3:15pm
  • Mon, Apr 8th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Apr 9th 8:30pm
  • Wed, Apr 10th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Apr 11th 8:15pm
First Chicago run!

"A blunt, breathless, and astoundingly unsentimental morality play that’s told with the intensity of a ticking-clock thriller."--David Ehrlich, Indiewire

"This is ALL IS LOST with a spinning moral compass and a topical dimension that proves even more gripping than its brilliantly achieved visceral action."--Jessica Kiang, Variety

A good old-fashioned adventure-survival tale evolves into something far more complex and disturbing in Fischer's gripping topical parable. Rieke (Wolff), an efficient and capable German EMT doctor, sets out on a 30-foot sailboat for a solo voyage from monkey-festooned Gibraltar to remote Ascension Island, where Charles Darwin installed an artificial Eden on a barren volcanic rock. After proving her mettle by weathering a spectacular tropical storm, Rieke finds herself faced with a stark demonstration of the survival of the fittest: a drifting boat crammed with dying African refugees. The Coast Guard sternly orders her to stay away, but one of the refugees, a teenage boy (Wekesa), manages to swim to her boat. Exhausted, half-dead, he implores her to help those left behind--an act that might serve no purpose other than to destroy herself and the lucky survivor. Verbally terse and visually vigorous, STYX offers no easy solutions, just an object lesson in modern-day moral arithmetic in which the answers never come out right. In English and German with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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