• Western

    Directed by Valeska Grisebach
    Germany/Bulgaria/Austria | 119 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • Western

    Directed by Valeska Grisebach
    Germany/Bulgaria/Austria | 119 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • Western

    Directed by Valeska Grisebach
    Germany/Bulgaria/Austria | 119 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • Western

    Directed by Valeska Grisebach
    Germany/Bulgaria/Austria | 119 minutes | World Cinema Now

In this intense, slow-burn thriller, a group of German construction workers in rural Bulgaria find their macho sense of adventure awakened by the foreign land, but tensions mount when the group’s newcomer starts mixing with the locals. Can they learn to trust each other—or is the stage being set for a showdown?

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film synopsis

An intense, slow-burn thriller, Western follows a group of German construction workers installing a hydroelectric plant in remote rural Bulgaria. The foreign land and its breathtaking landscapes awaken the men’s macho sense of adventure, but tensions mount when Meinhard, the strong, silent type and a newcomer to the group, starts to mix with the locals. Meanwhile, his co-workers remain aloof from the villagers, maintaining an attitude of condescension.

In addition to detailing the culture clash drama, director Grisebach plays with the trappings of the Western genre: as Meinhard and the construction team’s loutish foreman Vincent jockey for the control of a white horse and for the affections of a feisty local lass, the stage is set for a showdown. The performances are so measured, authentic and psychologically acute that it is surprising to learn that the actors are all non-professionals.

Contemplative, provocative and perceptive, Western epitomizes contemporary European arthouse cinema.

Winner: Grand Prix, FIPRESCI Award, New Horizons Festival

film details

Country: Germany/Bulgaria/Austria
Year: 2017
Running Time: 119 minutes
Language: German, Bulgarian and English
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Valeska Grisebach
Producers: Valeska Grisebach, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Michel Merkt
Principal Cast: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta Frangipova
Cinematographers: Bernhard Keller
Editor: Bettina Böhler
Screenwriter: Valeska Grisebach

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