Independent production and distribution company Main Street Films (which recently had a domestic success with the male stripper doc “La Bare“) will theatrically release Christian Schwochow’s acclaimed spy drama “West“
across the U.S. on November 7. Set during the Berlin Wall-era, the film’s release date will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the
Berlin Wall on November 9. “West” was also one of the films shortlisted to be Germany’s candidate for the Foreign Language Academy Award.
The film was also part of the KINO! Fetival of German Films, which we covered back in June. READ MORE HERE
“‘West‘ is a strong and emotional film that accurately portrays the fear and tension that existed between the East and the West during the Berlin Wall-era
and is an important reminder of Germany’s recent history,” said Craig Chang, Chairman of Main Street Films.
“This is a very personal film for me,” said Christian Schwochow, director. “My family left in 1989 just after the wall came down, but it was still a time
of great uncertainty. All we had was hope that life would be better and that’s a great motivator. Releasing “West” during the 25th anniversary of
the fall of the Berlin Wall is very special, especially after having the opportunity to collaborate with my mother, who wrote the screenplay.”
Winning the FIPRESCI prize at the 2013 Montreal Film Festival and the Best Actress award for Jôrdis Triebel at the 2014 German Film Awards, WEST is based
on Julia Franck’s autobiographical novel Camp Fire and adapted by the director’s mother and regular
screenwriting partner, Heide Schwochow.
Set during the late 1970s, three years after Nelly Senff’s boyfriend Wassilij’s apparent death, she decides to escape from behind the Berlin Wall with her
son Alexej, leaving her traumatic past behind. Pretending to marry a West German, she crosses the border to start a new life. But soon her past starts to
haunt her as the Allied Secret Service begin to question Wassilij’s mysterious disappearance. Fraught with paranoia, Nelly is forced to choose between
discovering the truth about her former lover and her hopes for a better tomorrow.
“West” stars Jördis Triebel, Alexander Scheer, Tristan Göbel, and Jacky Ido (who is currently the lead actor in Luc Besson’s TV series Taxi Brooklyn), and is produced by ö Filmproduktion’s Katrin Schlösser, zero one film’s Thomas
Kufus, and Terz Filmproduktion’s Christoph Friedel. Helge Sasse of Senator Film Produktion, Barbara Buhl of WDR, Stefanie Groß of SWR, Cooky Ziesche of
rbb, and Georg Steinert of ARTE are co-producers.
Take a look at this exclusive trailer courtesy of Main Street Films
About Main Street Films
Established in 2007, Main Street Films is an independent film
entertainment company and has emerged as one of the industry’s most
acquisition, and distribution driven ensembles. On the distribution
side, Main Street Films focuses on creating and distributing high
quality films across
multiple genres for diverse audiences within the entertainment
space. Opening later this year is the critically acclaimed THE TURNING
winner Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, based on Tim Winton’s
award-winning collection of short stories.