Tuesday 29th May 2018 - 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm, Palmer Building
Actor Maren Ade is one of the producers of Western, although, even if she wasn’t, it would be an illuminating companion piece to her 2016 sensation Toni Erdmann. Though the films are different, both examine Germany’s business presence in Eastern Europe (Bulgaria here, Romania in Ade’s film) with a keen eye to the brittle political discord left in its wake. Western could be viewed as a wry reflection of the European Union’s sometimes fractious present-day state.
Germany – Bulgaria – Austria 2017 – Partly in German and Bulgarian with subtitles – directed by Valeska Grisebach with Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov – 119 min
There are no stagecoaches or six-shooters in this sharp, simmering drama of German-Bulgarian discord, but the spirit of John Ford graces it – VARIETY
The Good, the Bad and the German Construction Workers – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER