Western

Features
Director: Valeska Grisebach 2017 120 Minutes Ages 15+
Western Wed 17 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 06:00pm 120mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA
Western Sun 21 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 06:30pm 120mins The Elizabeth Picture Theatre

American Western tropes — lone figures arriving amid frontier tensions — are redeployed by director Valeska Grisebach onto a Bulgarian village whose inhabitants are suspicious of the newly arrived camp of German construction workers.

The workers, there to earn money on a large infrastructure project, immediately get the town offside with their hyper-masculine bravado. The language barrier exacerbates the tensions, enhanced by post-war bitterness and contemporary nationalist beliefs. One of the workers, the laconic Meinhard, becomes an intermediary between the workers and the villagers, but even he may not be able to stop a showdown between these two factions.

Details

Year:2017
Classification:Ages 15+
Country:Germany and Bulgaria
Language:German and Bulgarian, with English subtitles
Director:Valeska Grisebach
Producer:Jonas Dornbach, Valeska Grisebach, Janine Jackowski, Michel Merkt
Cast:Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov
Script:Valeska Grisebach
Program strand:Features
Rights:Films Boutique