Western

Germany, Bulgary, Austria, 2017, 119 min.

Director

Valeska Grisebach

Producer

Jonas Dornbach ,
Janine Jackowski,
Maren Ade,
Michel Merkt,
Valeska Grisebach

Scenario

Valeska Grisebach

Rights Holder

Films Boutique

DOP

Bernhard Keller

Cast

Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta Fragnova, Viara Borisova

Production

Komplizen Film

A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside. The foreign land awakens the men’s sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudice and mistrust due to the  language barrier and cultural differences. The stage is quickly set
for  a  showdown when men begin to compete for recognition and favor from the local villagers.

HONORS
2017 Cannes IFF – Un Certain Regard Programme
Jerusalem FF – The Wilf Family Foundation Award – Honorable Mention
Motovun FF – Propeller of Motovun – Best Film Award, FIPRESCI Prize
Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF (Armenia) – Special mention
T-Mobile New Horizons IFF in Wrocław (Poland) – Grand Prix, FIPRESCI Prize
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
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Valeska Grisebach

Studied Philosophy and German Studies in Berlin, Munich and Vienna. In 1993 she began studying at the Viennese Film Academy under Peter Patzak, Wolfgang Glück and Michael Haneke. Her graduation film BE MY STAR received the Critics’ Award at the Toronto IFF as well as the Grand Jury Award at the Torino FF. Her second feature film, LONGING, premiered in 2006 in the Berlinale Competition and received the Special Jury Award in Buenos Aires, the Grand Prix Asturias at the Gijón IFF and the Special Jury Award at the Warsaw IFF.

Selected filmography

2017 Western

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