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The Dark Valley
Das finstere Tal

DRAMA, WESTERN // 114 Min. // 2014 // 15+*
DIRECTOR: Andreas Prochaska // SCREENPLAY: Martin Ambrosch, Andreas Prochaska
CAST: Sam Riley, Paula Beer, Tobias Moretti, Carmen Gratl
Somewhere high up in the Alps, a lone rider makes his way along a hidden path and reaches a small village, tucked away between seemingly unreal mountains. This stranger goes by the name of Greider. Nobody knows where he is from and nobody wants him in the village, resulting in him being met with blatant distrust. The sons of old Brenner, the patriarch in the village who calls the shots, would have chased him away if Greider hadn’t given them a fistful of gold coins. Greider introduces himself as a photographer and Brenner’s sons provide him with shelter for the winter at the house of Widow Gader and her young daughter, Luzi. Luzi is soon to be married to her sweetheart, Lukas, but is full of trepidation as the big day draws near because in this valley a wedding comes with a terrible tradition and whoever opposes this tradition will be subjected to a merciless punishment. One day, when the village is cut off by snowfall and barely a ray of sunlight reaches the valley, a tragic accident occurs, killing one of Brenner’s sons. When another one of Brenner’s sons is mysteriously killed, it is clear that this is not a coincidence, which means that time has come for Brenner’s family to confront their long forgotten past. FESTIVALS:Eurocine European Film Festival, Days of European Film (Prague and Brno 2015), German Film Days (Reykjavík)
AWARDS: Silver Lola Award 2014; eight German Film Awards 2014; Bavarian Film Award for Best Director, 2014; Bavarian Film Award for Best Actor (Tobias Moretti) 2014

*Audience members under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Andreas Prochaska was born in 1964 in Vienna and is a director and editor. His first breakthrough came with his comedy The Unintentional Kidnapping of Elfriede Ott (Die unabsichtliche Entführung der Frau Elfriede Ott) for which he received the Austrian Film Award for Best Screenplay, Best Feature Film and Best Score in 2011. In 2012 he was awarded the Bavarian Television Award and an Emmy Award for his direction of the TV movie A Day for a Miracle (Das Wunder von Kärnten). The Dark Valley won him the 2013 Bavarian Film Award for Best Director as well as eight Lolas at the German Film Awards.