Western

Tuesday 16 October 2018 8pm

Dir: Valeska Grisebach Germany, Bulgaria, Austria 2017

Language: German, Bulgarian with subtitles

English Running time: 119 mins Cert: CLUB

Starring: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov

Supported By: RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival

A group of German construction workers sent to build a hydroelectric power plant set up camp on the outskirts of a remote Bulgarian village. Tensions within the group start to rise when former legionnaire Meinhard sets himself apart from his colleagues by making a connection with the villagers. But matters finally come to a head when the white horse that Meinhard has borrowed from townsman Adrian goes missing.

Using non-actors in all of the roles, award-winning director Grisebach subtly and intelligently explores the dynamics of all-male environments, as well as themes of national pride and cultural difference in this memorable and unique contemporary western.

"There are no stagecoaches or six-shooters in this sharp, simmering drama of German-Bulgarian discord, but the spirit of John Ford graces it." - Variety

"One of the best films to premiere last year, Western is probably also the best film since Claire Denis's Beau Travail to be made by a woman about men." – Film Comment Magazine