Film - Spotlight Filmfest 2017


Directed by Valeska Grisebach


Director: Valeska Grisebach
Section: Spotlight
Country: Bulgaria, Germany, Austria
Year: 2017
Language: Bulgarian, German, English
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov, Veneta Frangova, Vyara Borisova



A group of German workers sets off to a construction site in the border region between Bulgaria and Greece. This foreign land and its breath-taking landscape awaken 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.

Meet the director


Valeska Grisebach

Valeska Grisebach was born in Bremen in 1968, majored in Philosophy and German Lit at Berlin, Munich and Vienna before starting to study directing at Vienna Film Academy 1993. Her graduating film MBE MY STAR (2001) was nominated for a Grimme Prize, winning the Film Critic's Prize at Toronto and the Main Prize at Torino. Her second film LONGING received several international awards as well.


Screenplay: Valeska Grisebach
Director of Photography: Bernhard Keller
Film Editor: Bettina Böhler
Production Designer: Beatrice Schultz
Costume Design: Veronika Albert
Sound: Uve Haußig
Producer: Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Valeska Grisebach, Michel Merkt
Production Company: Komplizen Film
Co-Producer: Boris Chouchkov, Viktor Chouchkov, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner
Co-Production Company: Chouchkov Brothers, coop99, KNM
World Sales: Films Boutique
Distributor: Piffl Medien GmbH
TV channel: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Arte