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Event Date: 28th Mar 2018 | 19:00
Goethe-Kino: Special preview: Western
GOETHE-INSTITUT LONDON 50 Princes Gate Exhibition Road SW7 2PH London
A German construction crew is to build a hydroelectric power station in a remote part of Bulgaria. An EU infrastructure project that everyone knows about - except for the locals. The construction work is not well prepared and threatens to come to a standstill. As the time passes, the workers and the local villagers slowly get to know each other relying on basic English and gestures for their communication. Different alliances and friendships but also rivalries develop. The foreign country and the stunning scenery awaken the German men's sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudices and the mistrust of the locals. Director Valeska Grisebach brilliantly manages the tension inherent in this difficult constellation while giving space and complexity to her characters who, like in her other films, are played by non-actors giving stunning performances.
A horse, a dispute over water supplies, lonely men that speak little, a duel of some sort seems immanent – Grisebach uses all these typical elements of the Western to tell a very specific, carefully plotted story set in today’s Europe where work takes people more and more often into unfamiliar territories.
Germany / Bulgaria / Austria / Monaco 2017, 121 mins. Director: Valeska Grisebach
With Meinhard: Meinhard Neumann, Vincent: Reinhardt Wetrek, Adrian: Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta: Veneta Frangova, Vyara: Vyara Borisova, Wanko: Kevin Bashev.
The film will be released in the UK on 13 April by New Wave Films.
In the run up to the UK release of Valeska’s widely acclaimed Western by New Wave Films and our preview screening of the film we will show the director’s previous feature, her graduation film Mein Stern (Be My Star, 2001) and Sehnsucht (Longing, 2006), her first full length feature.
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Price: £3/Admission free for language students and library members. Booking essential.