Western

Sunday, January 14
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2hr 00mins // directed by:Valeska Grisebach // featuring:Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov // in German and Bulgarian with English subtitles

A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside. In the mountainous and almost desert-like hinterland, they try to install a water supply works for the local village.

The job is tough and poorly prepared, and the construction process soon comes to a standstill. They are in the middle of nowhere, close to the Greek border, and none of the rough workers speaks a word of English, much less Bulgarian.  The foreign countryside awakens a sense of adventure in the German workers, but they are also forced to confront their own prejudices and mistrust as they deal with language barriers and cultural differences. When they start to compete for recognition and favor from the local villagers, the stage is quickly set for a showdown.

Valeska Grisebach (b. 1968, Bremen) employed her signature move of engaging amateur actors as her characters in this, her third feature film.