A film by Valeska Grisebach. "Western" celebrated its world premiere in The Official Selection of The Cannes Film Festival 2017 - Un Certain Regard

Year  2017

Length: 121 min

Format:   1:1, 85

Country of production  GER, BGR, AUT

Intro | Synopsis

A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside. The foreign land awakens the men's sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudice and mistrust due to the language barrier and cultural differences. The stage is quickly set for a showdown when men begin to compete for recognition and favor from the local villagers.


Komplizen Film (Germany) in co-production with Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria), Coop99 (Austria), KNM and ZDF-Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, in collaboration with Arte; Funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Minister of State for Culture and Media, MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Fund, Bulgarian National Film Center, Austrian Film Institute, Media, German Federal Film Board.



Meinhard Neumann


Reinhardt Wetrek


Syuleyman Alilov Letifov


Veneta Frangova


Vyara Borisova


Written and directed by

Valeska Grisebach

Director of Photography



Bettina Böhler

Production Design 

Beatrice Schultz

Costume Design

Veronika Albert


Katrin Vorderwülbecke

Original Sound

Uve Haußig

Sound Design

Fabian Schmidt

Line Producing  

Ben von Dobeneck

Production Manager

David Keitsch

Commissioning Editors

Claudia Tronnier (ZDF-Das kleine Fernsehspiel)

Meinolf Zurhorst (ZDF/Arte)


Boris Chouchkov, Viktor Chouchkov (Chouchkov Brothers)

Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner (Coop99)


Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade (Komplizen Film)

Valeska Grisebach

Michel Merkt


Art Film Fest Kosice

Blue Angel Best Director 

Nominierung zum LUX Film Prize des Europäischen Parlaments 

Yerevan International Film Festival Golden Apricot

Special Jury Mention 

Motovun Film Festival

Propeller of Motovun und FIPRESCI Award

New Horizons International Film Festival

Grand Prize und FIPRESCI Award

Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival

Pressburger Prize

Festival des deutschen Films


Festival International du Film de Femmes

Best Actor Meinhard Neumann

War on Screen Festival International de Cinéma

Special Mention by the jury for Meinhard Neumann

Günter Rohrbach Filmpreis 2017

Preis der Saarland Medien GmbH

for Bernhard Keller (DoP)

Minsk International Film Festival

Best Actor Meinhard Neumann

Sevilla Film Festival

Grand Jury Award

Festival Augenblick

Jury Award

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

Best Director

La Orquídea International Film Festival

Best internationaler film

Tromsø International Film Festival

Audience Award

Verband der deutschen Filmkritik

Best Feature Film 2017 and Best Actor Meinhard Neumann

Istanbul International Film Festival

Golden Tulip for Best Film

Deutscher Filmpreis 2018

Best Film in bronze


Cannes Film Festival 2017

Un Certain Regard

Art Film Fest Kosice

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Filmfest München

Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival

Jerusalem Film Festival

Motovun Film Festival

Fünf Seen Festival

New Zealand International Film Festival

New Horizons International Film

Sarajevo International Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival

Festival des deutschen Films

Venedig Film Festival LUX Prize Reihe

Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival

New York Film Festival

Vladivostok Pacific Meridian Film Festival

Love & Anarchy Helsinki International Film Festival

Message to Man International Film Festival

Calgary International Film Festival

International Women’s Film Festival of Salé


Reykjavik International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film Festival

Festival du Nouveau Cinema

Goethe-Institut Belgrad


Bogota International Film Festival

Les films de Cannes a Bucarest

Molodist Program Presentation

Pingyao International Film Festival

Semana del Cine - Universidad de Lima

Minsk International Film Festival

Ljubljana International Film Festival

Panorama of the European Film

European Film Forum SCANORAMA

Cork Film Festival

International Film Festival of India - Goa

La Orquidea Film Festival

Cinergia Film Festival

Belgrade Auteur Film Festival

German Films in Moscow

Istanbul International Film Festival



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