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 (Meinhard Neumann), 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 satisfying update of the western and a bold look at masculinity, community and conflict.
“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 great Lucrecia Martel (The Headless Woman) ventures into the realm of historical fiction and makes the genre entirely her own in this adaptation of Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 classic of Argentinean literature.