Western cert 12A (subtitled)
Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize: 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Director: Valeska Grisebach
Cast: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov
Germany German, Bulgarian subtitles 121 minutes
UK release date: May 2017
A group of German construction workers find themselves with nothing to do in a remote Bulgarian village. As tensions mount between the workers and the villagers, rather than losing a gunfight, these proud men are more concerned about losing face. With the use of non-professional actors, a focus on character rather than showdowns and a wonderful setting, there is a very realistic feel to this film.
“Western is as precise as a dropped pin on a GPS map, which makes its sense of mystery all the more powerful.” – A.O. Scott, The NY Times
“There are no stagecoaches or six-shooters in this sharp, simmering drama of German-Bulgarian discord, but the spirit of John Ford graces it.” – Guy Lodge, Variety.