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Western Rated 12A

Western

Dir. Valeska Grisebach. Germany, 2017. 2h 1m. German/Bulgarian/subs. Starring Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta Fragnova, Viara Borisova, Kevin Bashev.

German construction workers on assignment in Bulgaria contend with a hostile native population as well as their macho urges. Valeska Grisebach’s critically-acclaimed drama is an existential study of toxic masculinity.

’One of the films of the year has arrived - maybe the best of the year - a work of unmatched subtlety, complexity and artistry.’ ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

'The point of the title is to invoke a parallel, conjure a certain tradition. But it's the aggression and naked tensions of the genre that Grisebach has her eye on.’ ★★★★★ Tim Robey, The Telegraph