Western

Valeska Grisebach

A group of German builders encamp outside a summery Bulgarian border village. They drive their machines around, hew some stone and saw some tree trunks whilst exploring their surroundings and encountering villagers. Is the atmosphere hostile or exploratory? The language barrier makes this hard for both sides to determine. Stereotypes, listlessness and testosterone complicate the adventure abroad. While the Germans view the Bulgarians as underdeveloped, they might not be that civilised themselves.

This contemporary, documentary-style, European Western with builders as the cowboys and Bulgarians as the natives plays subtly with the Western genre and multicultural identities in Europe. As usual, Valeska Grisebach worked with amateur actors: the Germans are actual builders and the Bulgarians mostly come from the village where the shoot took place. 

As part of Critics’ Choice, the screening of Tue 30 Jan, 18:15 will be preceded by a video essay by Jessie McGoff

Screenings

  • KINO 1
    English subtitles
    Sat 27 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 1
    English subtitles
    Sun 28 Jan Buy
  • Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
    English subtitles
    Tue 30 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 4
    English subtitles
    Fri 2 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Valeska Grisebach
Country
Germany, Austria, Bulgaria
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
119’
Language
German, Bulgarian, English
Producer
Valeska Grisebach, Maren Ade, Michel Merkt, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski
Production Company
Komplizen Film GmbH
Sales
Films Boutique
Writer
Valeska Grisebach
Cinematography
Bernhard Keller
Editor
Bettina Böhler
Production Design
Beatrice Schultz
Sound Design
Fabian Schmidt
Music
Uve Haussig
Cast
Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Veneta Frangova, Viara Borisova, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Kevin Bashev, Aliosman Deliev
Website
http://www.western-der-film.de