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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.

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 Glück 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 Gijón International Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Warsaw International Film Festival. WESTERN is her third feature film.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2017
Director Valeska Grisebach
Screenplay Valeska Grisebach
Cinematography Bernhard Keller
Cast Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta Frangipova, Viara Borisova
Producers Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Valeska Grisebach, Michel Merkt
Co-Producers Boris Chouchkov, Viktor Chouchkov, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner
Production Company Komplizen Film, in co-production with Chouchkov Brothers, coop99 filmproduktion, KNM, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, ARTE
Length 120 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German, Bulgarian, English
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby
Festivals Cannes 2017 (Un Certain Regard), Karlovy Vary 2017, Jerusalem 2017, Yerevan 2017, Melbourne 2017, Motovun 2017, Sarajevo 2017, Wroclaw 2017, New York 2017, Toronto 2017, BFI London 2017, Mill Valley 2017, Vancouver 2017, CPH PIX 2017, Reykjavik 2017, Chicago 2017, Montreal Nouveau Cinema 2017, Viennale 2017, Denver 2017, Love & Anarchy Helsinki 2017, Leeds 2017, Cork 2017, Sevilla 2017, Thessaloniki 2017, AFI Fest L.A. 2017, Arras 2017, Gijón 2017, Mar del Plata 2017, Ventana Sur 2017, Goa 2017, Les Arcs 2017, Tromsø 2018, Palm Springs 2018, Rotterdam 2018, Bengaluru 2018, Sofia 2018, Istanbul 2018, Ankara 2018, Havana 2018, Créteil 2018, Premiers Plan Angers 2019
Awards Honorable Mention Jerusalem 2017, Special Mention Yerevan 2017, Propeller of Motovun & FIPRESCI Prize Motovun 2017, Grand Prix of the Jury Sevilla 2017, Silver Astor Best Director Mar del Plata 2017, The Aurora Prize Tromsø 2018, Golden Tulip Best International Film Istanbul 2018, German Film Award 2018 (Best Film Bronze)
With backing from BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MEDIA, Bulgarian National Film Center, Österreichisches Filminstitut
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

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