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One of the most critically acclaimed films at Cannes last year, this slow-burning culture-clash thriller uses the trappings of the Western genre to explore current anxieties about borders and our relationships with our neighbors. WESTERN follows a group of German construction workers installing a hydroelectric plant in remote rural Bulgaria. The foreign land awakens the men’s sense of adventure, but tensions mount when Meinhard, the strong, silent and newcomer to the group, starts mixing with the local villagers. The two sides speak different languages and share a troubled history. Can they learn to trust each other—or is the stage being set for a showdown? Produced by Maren Ade and the team behind TONI ERDMANN, WESTERN marks the long-awaited follow-up for director Valeska Grisebach (LONGING).

“A story that can feel as familiar as a John Ford movie, if one attuned to dislocation and discontent in contemporary Europe. Ms. Grisebach has a feel for mood, place and real, lived-in faces.” —Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“A powerful, deeply human and intricately political drama...reminiscent of Claire Denis's Foreign Legion cine-poem, BEAU TRAVAIL.” —Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook

"An utterly credible, brilliantly insightful study of a certain kind of masculinity...considerably more rewarding than many of the ‘bigger’ films on view [at Cannes]." —Geoff Andrew, BFI

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