East Bay Premiere
A stunning existential study of masculinity.Giovanni Marchini Camia, Sight and Sound
Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta Fragnova,
Western is an intense, slow-burning thriller that follows a group of German construction workers installing a hydroelectric plant in remote rural Bulgaria. Grisebach’s style is in the tradition of the western genre. In this foreign land of Eastern Europe, the men’s sense of adventure is awakened. Tensions mount when Meinhard, the strong, silent newcomer to the group, starts mixing with the local villagers. “There are no stagecoaches or six-shooters in this sharp, simmering drama of German-Bulgarian discord, but the spirit of John Ford graces it” (Guy Lodge, Variety). “Beautifully complicated, rigorously straightforward” (A. O. Scott, New York Times).