Rafael 3 Fri, Oct 6, 2017 3:00 PM
Rafael 3 Sun, Oct 8, 2017 8:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:119 min.
Director:Valeska Grisebach
Producer:Jonas Dornbach
Janine Jackowski
Maren Ade
Screenwriter:Valeska Grisebach
Cinematographer:Bernhard Keller
Editor:Bettina Böhler
Cast:Meinhard Neumann
Reinhardt Wetrek
Syuleyman Alilov Letifov
Veneta Frangova Viara Borisova
Kevin Bashev
Note Writer:David Fear


German filmmaker Valeska Grisebach returns with her long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s Longing, focusing on a group of laborers brought over from Deutschland to help build a sustainable infrastructure in a small Bulgarian village. The relationship between the boorish workers and the beleaguered locals is volatile, to put it mildly; caught in the middle of this is Meinhard (Meinhard Neumann), a stoic ex-soldier who’s there just to make a buck. At first, his only companion is a white horse he tames and rides, but the quiet, sensitive handyman eventually befriends the town’s gangster-like fixer (Syuleyman Alilov Leitfov) and gets to know his hosts. Some cultural barriers and bad-blood histories, however, can’t simply be washed away. A cutting commentary on the uneasy alliance between Europe’s industrialized nations and their Eastern counterparts, Grisebach’s graceful drama borrows the concept of the tall, honorable stranger to refashion the continent’s identity crisis as a backwards fight between the frontier and encroaching civilization.

In association with Berlin & Beyond Film Festival.

Additional Information

Valeska Grisebach’s directorial debut, Be My Star, won the Critics’ Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival and the main prize at the Torino Film Festival. Her second feature film, Longing, received many awards at international festivals, including the Special Jury Award in Buenos Aires, the Grand Prix of Asturias at the Gijón International Film Festival, and the Special Jury Award at the Warsaw International Film Festival. Her latest film, Western, made its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and has already received awards from several international festivals.