Main Street Films will theatrically release Christian Schwochow’s spy drama West in the US on November 7. 

The film takes place during the Berlin Wall era and the release commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9.

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 Main Street Films chairman Craig Chang.

West is a very personal film for me,” said Schwochow. “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.

The director’s mother and regular screenwriting partner Heide Schwochow adapted the screenplay from Julia Franck’s autobiographical novel Camp Fire.

West received its US premiere at the 18th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in January with Schwhochow in attendance and won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Film.

ö Filmproduktion’s Katrin Schlösser produced with zero one film’s Thomas Kufus and Terz Filmproduktion’s Christoph Friedel. 

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