Narrative Feature | 94 minutes

HIFF 2018

 World Cinema Narrative

Directed by
Wolfgang Fischer

Produced by
Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald

Written by
Wolfgang Fischer, Ika Künzel

Susanne Wolff, Ika Künzel

2018 | German/English | Germany/Austria

Rike (Susanne Wolff), a 40-year-old woman working contentedly as a successful doctor in the city, finally fulfills a lifelong dream when she uses an annual holiday to set sail on a solo voyage from Gibraltar to Ascension, an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Following an intense storm, Rike’s holiday is interrupted by the discovery of a badly damaged and overloaded refugee boat, with over one hundred passengers’ lives threatened and her calls for help unanswered. Director Wolfgang Fischer crafts a stunning story of survival, as well as a striking allegory for the sometimes impossible task of acting to save those imperiled by an impassive system.