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 prejudices and mistrust due to the language barrier and cultural differences with the native villagers. The foreman Vincent and the mysterious Meinhard also start to fall out.
The stage is quickly set for a showdown when the German workers begin to compete for recognition and favour from the local villagers.
Valeska Grisebach studied Philosophy and German Studies in Berlin, Munich and Vienna.
In 1993 she began studying to be a director at the Viennese Film Academy under Peter Patzak, Wolfgang Gluck and Michael Haneke. Her graduation film BE MY STAR was nominated for the Adolf-Grimme-Award in 2002 and received the Critics' Award at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as the Grand Jury Award at the Turin Film Festival.
Her second feature film, LONGING, premiered in 2006 in the Berlinale Competition. The film received several awards, including the Special Jury Award in Buenos Aires, the Grand Prix Asturias at the Gijon International Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Warsaw International Film Festival.
FILMS BOUTIQUE PRESENTS A KOMPLIZEN FILM PRODUCTION
In Co-production with
CHOUCHKOV BROTHERS (BULGARIA) COOP99 (AUSTRIA)
KNM AND ZDF-DAS KLEINE FERNSEHSPIEL
In collaboration with
MEDIENBOARD BERLIN-BRANDENBURG, MINISTER OF STATE FOR
CULTURE AND MEDIA, MDM MITTELDEUTSCHE MEDIENFï¿½RDERUNG
GERMAN FEDERAL FILM FUND, BULGARIAN NATIONAL FILM CENTRE
AUSTRIAN FILM INSTITUTE, MEDIA AND GERMAN FEDERAL FILM BOARD
2017 - DCP - 1:1,85 - 5.1 - 119 Min
with English, French or German subtitles
'One of the films of the year has arrived – maybe the best of the year – a work of unmatched subtlety, complexity and artistry...
Valeska Grisebach’s striking drama constantly subverts genre expectations. Grisebach has not, in fact, made many movies, but on the strength of this one, she deserves to be considered a major film-maker.'
'Valeska Grisebach's stunning existential study of masculinity tips its hat to classic genre cinema even as it casts an extraordinary troupe of non-professional actors as its grizzled migrant construction workers in a foreign land.'
'Just because a film features horses, guns and the great outdoors doesn't mean that it's a Western; just because it's set in Bulgaria doesn't mean that it's not one. Western, the third feature by German director Valeska Grisebach (Be My Star, Longing) deals with certain classic oater tropes - notably, the figure of the strong, silent loner hero - in the context of cultural and economic relations in contemporary Europe.'
'About the interactions of a motley group of German construction workers, both with each other and with the inhabitants of a remote Bulgarian village where theyï¿½re working for the summer, the film is an utterly credible, brilliantly insightful study of a certain kind of masculinity.'
'For those with a sudden interest in new German cinema thanks to last years Toni Erdmann, the Cannes Film Festival has again selected another powerful, deeply human and intricately political drama in Valeska Grisebach's terrific Western.'