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Western

  • Directed by Valeska Grisebach
  • Germany/Bulgaria/Austria, 2017, 119 mins. , German/Bulgarian/English

In this tense, slow-burning thriller, a group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote site in the border region between Bulgaria and Greece. Being in a 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. “Grisebach’s stunning existential study of masculinity tips its hand to classic genre cinema. . . a poignant celebration of human resilience nothing short of spectacular.”—Sight & Sound. Best Director, Mar del Plata Film Festival. (119 mins.) In German, Bulgarian, and English with subtitles.

Filmography: Longing (2006), Be My Star (2001)

Reviews: New York TimesReverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Slant Magazine, Variety, Hollywood Reporter

Interviews: Reverse Shot, Cinema Scope, Film Comment

Genres: Drama