Berlin: Refugee Drama 'Styx' Wins European Cinema Label Prize

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A German doctor is faced with a moral crisis when she encounters a leaky trawler filled with refugees while on a solo yachting trip.

Wolfgang Fischer's Styx, a stark drama exploring the refugee crisis, has won the European Cinema Label honor for best European film running in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival. The award, handed out by the association of European art house cinemas, includes distribution support for Styx in its pan-European release.

The feature stars Susanne Wolff as a determined young German doctor who, while on a solo yachting trip, comes across a leaky trawler filled with desperate refugees. She is caught between her sense of duty and her desire to intervene, and the orders of an invisible coast guard telling her to stay out of the problem.

Styx is a simple but highly dramatic story that has a very clear and powerful message — we in Europe cannot ignore the refugee situation. We must face it and find solutions,” the European Cinema Label jury said in a statement.

Styx was produced by Schiwago Film in co-production with Amour Fou Vienna. Beta Cinema is handling world sales.