Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Valeska Grisebach
Production: Cinema Guild
  11 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

- I wanted to get there tomorrow night.

- That wasn't going to happen.

We couldn't have known about customs.

It'd be a miracle

if they didn't question something.

Food's here.


I've lost my appetite.

Guys, come get your keys.

- Keys?

- First come, first served.

What are you doing here?

Where are you going?


- How come?

- Work.

Work? You can work in Germany.

How many cards?

I can say what I need, right?

17 and four.

I'm dead anyway!

Shit, the whole road's blocked.

It's all over the ground.

Great, more extra work.

More trees up there, Vincent?


Come on. We've got other stuff to do.

- This'll set us back again.

- Oh, well.

Hey, newbie.

Just getting the guys a drink.

You got skills or not?

What do you need?

Show me what you've got.


You been away on a job before?

Not abroad.

You a wise guy?

I'm here to earn money.

Here you go. Everyone helps themselves.

Just serve it.

- Who washed the dishes?

- Good question.

Who washed these?


- Can our Russian give us a lesson?

- You're our translator.



If I want to talk to a girl.

- A girl?

- Right, exactly.

- How so?

- Don't lick it.

How do I say "Hi" to her nicely?

How would you... I can translate...

- Just a nice "hello."

- Then you say nicely,


Can't talk to a woman like that.

Who knows when I'll get to the village?

I thought Sunday was our swim day.

Pass the ashtray, I want a smoke.

- I'd love to go shooting here.

- With a bow and arrow?

No, for real.

With a G36 or something.

I bet they've got one in the village.

What would you shoot at?

What is there left to shoot up in Bulgaria?

Everything's already busted.

This isn't the Foreign Legion.

- They wouldn't let you in anyway.

- And they'd let you in?

It's not for weaklings.

- It's sink or swim.

- And you'd be in Africa now.

War is war, life is life.

You can't just lump them together.

Brief overview.

The fish ladder's going there.

The sluices go here.

It's all marked out. Turbines there.

Problem is, the river's in the wrong place.

We'll do some leveling.

We'll extend the natural embankment.

- And the road?

- Right.

- That'll happen when the water's gone.

- I have to get my equipment in here.

- You want that river gone?

- Yeah, so we can bring it around here.

We have to block it up there.

- What materials should we use?

- Anything here.

Put your cigarette out.

On your marks, get set, mount!

I thought this could be the flagpole.

If we lengthen it.

Know what I mean?

Which corner?

The inside would be best.

If it's outside, it might tip over.

It has to go on the outside.

- I don't believe it.

- What?

- Have you gone totally nuts?

- Yeah, we have.

Or else we wouldn't be here, right?

Have you considered the locals?

We do nothing else.

We're building them a water power plant.

Looks awesome.

Muggy, right?

The heat kills you.

My jam will make you guys lick the jar clean.

What's going on here?

What are you doing?

Are you from up there?

I don't understand you.

I bet he's one of the Germans.

- This land...

- Jens?

Put the knife away.

- ...is Georgi's.

- Put it away.

Don't you know this is Georgi's land?

The nut trees...

the plums...

- I don't understand you guys!

- What are you doing here?

Man, oh man...

They were after something.

Like scouts, you know? Really!

Checking things out, seeing who we are...

I didn't understand them. Sorry.

They weren't necessarily hostile,

but we should watch out.

Marcel! We're going this way!

Why can't you listen?

I said this way!

Dumbass, get that thing out of there!

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Valeska Grisebach

Valeska Grisebach (born January 4, 1968) is a German film director. She was born in Bremen. more…

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