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by Valeska Grisebach


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.

international title: Western
original title: Western
country: Germany, Bulgaria, Austria
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Valeska Grisebach
film run: 100'
screenplay: Valeska Grisebach
cast: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Waldemar Zang, Detlef Schaich, Syuleyman Alilov Letifo, Veneta Frangipova, Viara Borisova
cinematography by: Bernhard Keller
film editing: Bettina Böhler
art director: Michael Randel, Beatrice Schultz
costumes designer: Veronika Albert
producer: Maren Ade, Jonas Dornbach, Valeska Grisebach, Janine Jackowski, Michel Merkt
co-producer: Borislav Chouchkov, Viktor Chouchkov, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner
production: Komplizen Film, coop99, Chouchkov Brothers
distributor: Piffl Medien Filmverleih, Shellac Distribution


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Cannes 2017Un Certain Regard
Toronto 2017Contemporary World Cinema
Rotterdam 2018Voices

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