In Wolfgang Fischer’s tense survival drama, a doctor embarks on a sailing expedition expecting solitude but soon finds herself confronted with the harsh reality of human suffering. A spare, nearly wordless first third establishes Rieke (Susanne Wolff) as capable and unflappable, whether treating a critically injured accident victim or battening down the hatches of her sleek yacht in the middle of a raging storm. That composure begins to slip only when Rieke unexpectedly confronts a wrenching dilemma in which her actions could have life or death consequences. Nail-biting suspense inexorably builds. Adrift at sea with only her wits to rely on, Rieke awaits instructions from the coast guard, whose assistance is excruciatingly slow to materialize. Rieke’s growing alarm and feelings of helplessness accompany her rising mistrust of these officials, and she must decide whether to take matters into her own hands. Fischer’s drama captivates even as it sheds light on a horrifying and very real humanitarian crisis.
In competition for the New Voices New Visions Award.
|Running Time:||94 minutes|
|Language:||in English and German with English subtitles|
|Producers:||Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny|
|Principal Cast:||Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa|
|Screenwriter:||Wolfgang Fischer, Ika Künzel|
|Primary Company:||Film Movement|
guests in attendance
Director Wolfgang Fischer will be in attendance January 11 and 12.