Location la: Redstone Theater
Dir. Valeska Grisebach. 2017, 121 mins. DCP. In German and Bulgarian with English subtitles. With Meinhard Neumanna, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta Fragnova, Viara Borisova. In this intense, close-the-vest first-person thriller, Meinhard (Meinhard Neumanna) joins a group of German construction workers on a challenging new job: installing a hydroelectric plant in remote rural Bulgaria. The foreign land awakens the men’s sense of adventure, but when they start mixing with the local villagers, it also brings out their prejudices, putting the more affable and peripatetic Meinhard in the middle. 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?
“There are no stagecoaches or six-shooters in this sharp, simmering drama of German-Bulgarian discord, but the spirit of John Ford graces it.”—Guy Lodge, Variety
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