Director: Christian Schwochow
Cast: Jordis Triebel, Tristan Gobel, A;exander Scheer, Jacky Ido
language: German, English, Russian, Polish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Germany 2013 102 mins.
FIPRESCI Prize & Best Leading Actress (Montreal 2013)
Special Mention of the Critic's Jury (Arras 2013)
Best Actress: Jördis Triebel (German Film Award 2014) -
Released by New Wave Films
Between the years 1949 and 1990 roughly four million people left the GDR for West Germany.'West' (adapted from the book Lagerfeuer Julia Franck – now published as West in English by Harvill Secker) tells the story of a young mother, who together with her son leaves the GDR to try for a new beginning in the West. The film shows the interrogations conducted by the Allied secret services, which turn the Emergency Refugee Centre into a cold war location, proving once more that one cannot leave without taking along one’s past.
With great personal and political power, 'West' shows the difficulties of daring to start a new life - if the past has taken away all faith.