© The Cinema Guild
© The Cinema Guild
Saturday, November 4, 4 pm

Germany / Bulgaria / Austria, 2017, 120 min., Director / Screenplay: Valeska Grisebach, With: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, US Sales: The Cinema Guild

  • Awards: Honorable Mention (Jerusalem 2017)
  • Special Mention (Yerevan 2017)
  • Propeller of Motovun & FIPRESCI Prize (Motovun 2017)

In Bulgaria near the Greek border, a group of German construction workers arrives in the remote, mountainous and almost desert-like hinterland to install a water supply works for the local village. The job is tough and poorly prepared, and the construction process soon comes to a standstill. While the other construction workers mostly avoid any contact with locals, Meinhard, one of the new arrivals, is different. Setting out on a horse that he found in the mountains, he rides down to the village and makes contact with the villagers. Here he meets Adrian, the head of the local stone quarry. And even though they don’t share a common language, they slowly become friends. The foreign countryside awakens the sense of adventure in the German workers, but they are also forced to confront their own prejudices and mistrust as they deal with language barriers and cultural differences. When the men start to compete for recognition and favor from the local villagers, the stage is quickly set for a showdown.

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Valeska Grisebach © The Cinema Guild

Valeska Grisebach
(b. 1968, Bremen) employed her signature move of engaging amateur actors as her characters in this, her third feature film. The conventional relationship between character and star is turned on its head, making this movie an exciting experiment.