Meinhard Neumann in Western (2017)
Meinhard Neumann in Western (2017)
Western (2017)

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Valeska Grisebach | Germany, Austria, Bulgaria | 2017 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 13 Dec 2023

Writer-director Grisebach’s superb third feature, a German-Bulgarian-Austrian co-production, transposes western tropes onto a mountainous Bulgarian frontier where German construction workers are to build a hydroelectric plant. However, their EU-endorsed presence assumes colonialist dimensions and is inflected with a poisonous masculinity. Amongst their number is the enigmatic Meinhard (craggy non-actor Meinhard Neumann), who rides a white horse… Preceded by Cowboy Jimmy Dušan Vukotić (1957) 13 mins – Unclassified 15+. A cartoon western hero spills out of the silver screen only to have his mettle tested in the real world.

Digital print courtesy of Zagreb Film.

Format: DCP
Language: German and Bulgarian with English subtitles
Source: Films Boutique
Runtime: 121 mins

Event duration

121 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

It may come as a surprise, but that most quintessentially American genre, the western, was enormously popular behind the Iron Curtain. Of course, it was seldom possible for Eastern Bloc audiences to see Hollywood films. No matter; even though socialist states deemed the Hollywood western decadent in propagating foundational frontier myths, they took to the production of westerns with great relish...

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Ostern Powers- An Introduction To The Eastern European Western

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