Archive of films Western / Western

Germany / Bulgaria / Austria
2017, 119 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2017

This year at Cannes, the producers of the hit Toni Erdmann introduced the long-awaited third film by renowned German director Valeska Grisebach. Her picture unfolds in the Bulgarian-Greek border region in a community of German construction workers, foreigners in a no man’s land whose conflicts with the local community, according to the rules of the genre, seem to be inevitable – the movie is titled Western after all.


Synopsis

This year at Cannes, the producers of the hit Toni Erdmann introduced the long-awaited third film by renowned German director Valeska Grisebach. Her Western, a “far piece” from the classic drama, unfolds in the Bulgarian-Greek border region in a community of German construction workers. The foreigners are enjoying their “exotic” stay in this seeming no man’s land, but their inability to communicate with the locals, on top of the major cultural clashes, only provokes alarm. According to the rules of the genre mentioned in the title, conflict seems inevitable and undoubtedly points to the geopolitical schism currently afflicting Europe. “I really wanted to get closer to the lonely heroes of the genre and to see what they’re dealing with. It’s a burden if you’re not allowed to show your feelings, and they have a lot of feelings inside. There’s also maybe this ambivalence,” observes the director, who, in her critically acclaimed motion picture, cast nonprofessional actors capable of standing up charisma-wise to the most admired screen legends.

Karel Och

About the director

Valeska Grisebach (b. 1968, Bremen, Germany) first studied philosophy and German language and literature in Berlin, Munich, and Vienna. In 1993-2001 she attended the Film Academy in Vienna. After a trio of documentaries (Sprechen und Nichtsprechen, 1995; In der Wüste Gobi, 1997; Berlino, 1999), she shot her feature debut Be My Star (Mein Stern, 2001), screened in the Forum of Independents at KVIFF 2002. Her second writer-director picture, the love story Longing (Sehnsucht, 2006), was presented in the main competition at Berlin, followed by a screening in Karlovy Vary’s Forum of Independents.

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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Valeska Grisebach
Screenplay: Valeska Grisebach
Dir. of Photography: Bernhard Keller
Editor: Bettina Böhler
Art Director: Beatrice Schultz
Producer: Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Valeska Grisebach, Michel Merkt
Production: Komplizen Film
Coproduction: Chouchkov Brothers, coop99 filmproduktion, KNM, ZDF
Cast: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta Frangova
Sales: Films Boutique
Distributor: Film Europe s.r.o.

Guests

Michel Merkt

Producer

Louis Balsan

Sales Agent


Susana Santos Rodrigues

Distributor, Festival Organizer

Gabor Greiner

Sales Agent


Ivan Hronec

Distributor

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