Western

 

Western

Friday, May 11, 2018 7:00 PM FREE
(Valeska Grisebach, 2017, Germany/Bulgaria/Austria, DCP, 119 min.)

A group of migrant German workers arrives in a small Bulgarian town to build a hydroelectric dam, but find themselves stymied by a lack of water and concrete. One of the workers, a loner with a murky past, begins building relationships with the locals across the language barrier, only to find himself wound up in a struggle for power and resources with possibly violent consequences. At once a simmering, naturalistic drama about the culture-clashes of contemporary global labor and a note-perfect riff on the archetypes of a venerated genre, Valeska Grisebach’s Western has electrified critics and festival audiences, earning a place among the year’s most compelling international discoveries.