Films Across Borders, the annual multi-cultural film series, co-presented by American University in partnership with the ACF Washington and other embassies, cultural organizations, and environmental groups, focuses in its fifth edition on Stories of Water, to be presented at various locations throughout Washington, DC, in October and November, 2019.
The ACF Washington presents as part of the 2019 series the film STYX by Austrian director Wolfgang Fischer, followed by a panel discussion, on October 8, 2019.
A complete film listing is available at FilmsAcrossBorders.org.
Directed by Wolfgang Fischer
94 min, in English
Premiering at the Berlinale, where it opened the Panorama Special section, STYX is a work of unrelenting intensity and technical brilliance. ER doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) embarks on a one-woman solo sailing trip to Ascension Island in the Atlantic. When Rike comes across a sinking ship of refugees, she is quickly torn out of her contented and idealized world and must make a momentous decision. Aptly named after the mythological river that separates the living from the dead, STYX is an astute modern-day parable of Western indifference in the face of marginalized suffering. Carrying practically the entire film, Wolff is riveting as a woman pushed to her physical, psychological and moral limits.
The panel discussion following the screening will address the general question about today’s worldwide refugee crises (as exemplary shown in the film), as well as how the world will deal with migration and the refugee situation on a broader scale in the future, facing new challenges like climate change migrants. The panelist will be announced shortly.
When: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum Washington/Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Ticket: Free admission, registration obligatory and will be opened at the beginning of September.
Parking on International Court is available after 6:30 pm (for the duration of the event) or on 36th Street; access to the Embassy through the park behind the building.
Films Across Borders: Stories of Water, showcases critically acclaimed and enlightening films, documentaries, artistic presentations and virtual reality experiences from around the world. The film series brings together diverse cinematic stories about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, how we use it, how this precious resource shapes human society and our daily lives.
Come for the films and the enjoyment of engaging with filmmakers and topical speakers in lively post-screening discussions. Open to the public in venues around the city.