Western (OmeU)

Valeska Grisebach
DEU, AUT, BG 2017
115 min

Custody of a white horse is one of several bones of contention between Bulgarian locals and German laborers in WESTERN, a dispute with a classic symbolic dimension: Does he who rides the white horse also get to be the good guy? That’s one of several oblique ways in which the eponymous genre bleeds into this quietly involving culture-clash drama, down to its lone-wolf protagonist: a mostly silent stranger whose incursions into the Bulgarian community set masculine tensions flaring on both sides. Meinhard is the newest member in a team of construction men, sent to a remote green patch of rural Bulgaria to build a water power plant. He’s an able, aloof worker less fazed than his colleagues about resistance from the local villagers. But cultural battles could easily erupt in this particular east-meets-west showdown. (Guy Lodge)

(See also Special Program Valeska Grisebach)

In the presence of Valeska Grisebach and on Oct. 29 with Zsuzsanna Kiraly.

  • Meinhard Neumann - Meinhard
  • Reinhardt Wetrek - Vincent
  • Syuleyman Alilov Letifov - Adrian
  • Veneta Frangova - Veneta
  • Vyara Borisova - Tania
  • Valeska Grisebach
  • Bernhard Keller
  • Fabian Schmidt
  • Bettina Böhler
  • Beatrice Schultz
  • Veronika Albert
Komplizen Film, Coop99, Chouchkov Brothers, KNM, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel/ ARTE

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