VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Western (OmeU)

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Western (OmeU)

Valeska Grisebach
D/A/BG, 2017
Fiction, 115min, OmeU

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Western (OmeU)

Valeska Grisebach
D/A/BG, 2017
Fiction, 115min, OmeU

Actors: 
Meinhard Neumann
Meinhard
Reinhardt Wetrek
Vincent
Syuleyman Alilov Letifov
Adrian
Veneta Frangova
Veneta
Vyara Borisova
Tania
Screenplay: 
Valeska Grisebach
Sound: 
Fabian Schmidt
Camera: 
Bernhard Keller
Editor: 
Bettina Böhler
Decoration: 
Beatrice Schultz
Costume: 
Veronika Albert

Production: 
Komplizen Film
Coop99
Chouchkov Brothers
KNM
ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel/ ARTE
World Sales: 
Films Boutique
Distribution in Austria: 
Stadtkino Verleih
Format: 
DCP
Color

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.