The Powell River Film Festival, now in its 16th year of operation, is a registered non-profit society with charitable status. The Film Festival produces an annual event in February dedicated to showcasing the finest current releases. Our official name is the Friends of Film Society of Powell River.
Monday, February 11
7:00 p.m Styx
Director: Wolfgang Fischer
Language:In English, German with English subtitles
Both an example of the West’s reaction to the refugee crisis and an exhilarating exercise in pure cinema, Wolfgang Fischer’s taut drama features Susanne Wolff (amazing here) as Rike, a fit and capable doctor who sets out on a solo ocean voyage. After weathering a spectacular literal storm with aplomb, she faces a moral one that turns out to be far harder to master: Rike comes across a sinking trawler full of refugees, radios the coast guard and is told to back off as help is on the way. But, as time passes and the 100-odd refugees edge closer and closer to certain death, her humanity demands a response—which almost leads to her own demise.