Director Valeska Grisebach

Production year 2017

Length 119min.

Country Germany/Bulgaria/Austria


A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside. The foreign land awakens the men’s sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudice and mistrust due to the language barrier and cultural differences. The stage is quickly set for a showdown when men begin to compete for recognition and favor from the local villagers.


Valeska Grisebach
Valeska Grisebach



Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Michel Merkt, Valeska Grisebach


Valeska Grisebach

Director of Photography

Bernhard Keller

Production designer

Beatrice Schultz


Fabian Schmidt


Bettina Böhler


Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta Fragnova, Viara Borisova

Production company(ies)

Komplizen Film Production, Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria), Coop 99 (Austria), KNM, ZDF-Das Kleine Fernsehspiel

Valeska Grisebach

Valeska Grisebach studied Philosophy and German Studies in Berlin, Munich and Vienna. In 1993, she began studying to be a director at the Viennese Film Academy under Peter Patzak, Wolfgang Glück and Michael Haneke. Her graduation film Be My Star was nominated for the Adolf-Grimme-Award in 2002 and received the Critics’ Award at the Toronto IFF as well as the Grand Jury Award at the Turin FF. Her second feature film, Longing, premiered in 2006 in the Berlinale Competition. The film received several awards, including the Special Jury Award in Buenos Aires, the Grand Prix Asturias at the Gijón IFF and the Special Jury Award at the Warsaw IFF.


Be My Star (2001), Longing (2006), Western (2017).

FILMS 2017