Western 12A (S)


Masculine tensions and cultural difference reach boiling point in this sizzling, brilliantly observed western from director Valeska Grisebach, where migrant German construction workers are pitched against villagers in Bulgaria.

When a group of German construction workers start work on a hydroelectric plant in the remote countryside of Bulgaria, tension brews when they immediately adopt a sense of superiority against the locals. These tensions are only worsened by former legionnaire Meinhard, who borrows a white horse from a local fixer...

With naturalistic performances (featuring a largely non-professional cast) and gorgeously photographed countryside, this is a memorable and satisying update of the western and a bold look at masculinity, community and conflict.