Magazine article Screen International

Films Distribution Takes Dark Valley

Magazine article Screen International

Films Distribution Takes Dark Valley

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Austrian western starring Sam Riley to premiere out of competition at the Berlinale.

French sales company Films Distribution has acquired Andreas Prochaska's The Dark Valley, billed by its producers as the first western set in the Austrian Alps, ahead of its premiere at the Berlinale next month.

Based on a bestselling novel by German writer Thomas Willmann, the picture revolves around Greider, an American of Austrian descent who turns up in the remote mountain village that was his ancestors' home for generations.

The villagers offer the stranger shelter for the winter in return for a generous payment. Little do they suspect that he is aware of a dark secret harboured by the community and is there to seek revenge.

The film will premiere out of competition in the official selection of the Berlinale on Feb 10.

"The Dark Valley is a powerful action drama, masterfully directed with a riveting story. …

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