Rike – a doctor from Europe, 40 years old – embodies a Western idea of happiness and success. She is educated, self-confident, determined and dedicated. Rike makes her daily living as an emergency doctor in Cologne before she starts her vacation in Gibraltar. There she sets sail alone with her sailboat. The destination of her journey is the Atlantic island Ascension Island. Her vacation comes to an abrupt end when she finds herself in the immediate vicinity of an overloaded, wrecked fishing boat after a storm at sea. Several dozen people are in danger of drowning. Rike first follows the usual rescue chain and requests assistance by radio. When her pleas for help go unanswered, time is running out, and a third-party rescue proves unlikely, Rike is forced to act.


Cast: Susanne Wolff, Gedion Odour Wekesa
Screenplay: Wolfgang Fischer, Ika Kuenzel
Director: Wolfgang Fischer
Camera: Benedict Neuenfels
Composer: Dirk von Lowtzwow
Editing: Monika Willi
Production design: Wolfgang Fischer, Benedict Neuenfels, Ina Kuenzel, Volker Rehm
Costume: Nicole Fischnaller
Make up: Elke Hahn
Sound: Andreas Turnwald
Production Management: Dirk Seibert
Line Producer: Charles E. Breitkreuz
Co-producer: Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bady Minck
Producer: Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny
Editors: Andrea Hanke (WDR), Georg Steinert (Arte)
Broadcaster: WDR, Arte
Sponsor: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
Austrian Film Institute
Malta Film Commission
German Film and Television Fund
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Federal Film Board (FFA)
Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM)


Bavarian Film Award:

  • Best image design


  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
  • 2nd place Panorama Audience Award
  • Label Europe Cinemas (initiative for the promotion of European cinema)
  • Heiner Carow Prize of the DEFA Foundation

German Film Award:

  • Silver LOLA for Best Feature Film
  • Best female lead
  • Best image design
  • Best sound design

German Human Rights Film Award:

  • Best feature film

Emden-Norderney Film Festival:

  • Creative Energy Award for outstanding individual achievements: Susanne Wolff (Acting) and Benedict Neuenfels (Cinematography)
  • Island scholarship “A desk by the sea” for director Wolfgang Fischer

Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg Vorpommern:

  • Main prize “Flying Ox
  • Audience Award
  • Award for best music and sound design

Austrian Film Award:

  • Best direction
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best cut
  • 68th Berlin International Film Festival (Section: Panorama Special)
  • 29th Emden-Norderney Film Festival
  • 28th Film Art Festival Mecklenburg Western Pomerania
  • 14th Festival of German Film Ludwigshafen am Rhein
  • 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • 29th Ankara International Film Festival
  • 37th Istanbul Film Festival
  • Odessa Film Festival
  • 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • 21st Shangai International Film & TV Festival
  • 4th Valetta Film Festival
  • 18th New Horizons Film Festival
  • Galway Film Fleadh
  • Jerusalem Film Festival