week 4: STYX
Due to COVID-19, Birr Theatre is temporarily closed. However we can watch film STYX online together on Tuesday 26 May at 8pm, thanks to our screening partner access>CINEMA and 606 Distribution via the screening link:
If you rent this film directly through the link above, you will get the opportunity to support us as a champion of Irish independent cinema. In addition, by watching the film with us, we will also receive a percentage (10%) of the rental fee you pay, so that you will be directly supporting our future film programme.
Terms and conditions apply; rentals are valid for a one week period from time of purchase.
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 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.
“Carrying practically the entire film, Wolff is never less than remarkable in a demanding role that’s 80 percent silence and 20 percent English-language dialogue. The fully inhabited turn should further help cement her international status as a star to be reckoned with.” –The Hollywood Reporter
“Effective, precise performances on both sides of the camera – making tension a constant in the changing inflection of physical and moral jeopardy.” –The Georgia Straight