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Valeska Grisebach

German, Bulgarian, EnglishEnglish SubtitlesGermany2017119 min

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Overview

This slow-burning thriller follows a group of German construction workers installing a hydroelectric plant in rural Bulgaria. The foreign land awakens their sense of adventure, but tensions mount when they start mixing with the local villagers. In a world of rising xenophobia, can they learn to trust one another—or is the stage being set for a showdown?

Tightly paced, with sweeping cinematography, this German-Bulgarian co-production tells a story about the consequences of machismo and xenophobia on the contemporary frontier of Eastern Europe. Drawing remarkably nuanced performances from a cast of non-professionals, German writer-director Valeska Grisebach uses the trappings of the Western genre to poke and prod at current anxieties about borders and our relationships with our neighbors.

Producer: Maren Ade, Jonas Dornbach, Valeska Grisebach, Janine Jackowski, Michel Merkt | Editor: Bettina Böhler | Cinematographer: Bernhard Keller | Screenwriter: Valeska Grisebach
Cast: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta Fragnova, Viara Borisova
Additional Countries: Bulgaria, Austria

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