Director Sebastian Brameshuber, Country Austria, Duration 85, Awards Cinéma du Réel 2019 (Winner: Cinéma du Réel Grand Prize), Art of the Real 2019,
Sebastian Brameshuber’s third feature is an elegantly composed, multi-layered portrait of a self-taught mechanic working in a remote, abandoned industrial site at the foot of the Austrian Alps. In the shadow of Erzberg, a ‘mountain of iron’ that has been mined since Ancient Rome, his days are spent in quiet, solitary labour, breaking down cars for parts to export to his native Nigeria. Brameshuber’s deeply engaged, humane observation captures the subtle rhythms and gestures of his subject at work, gradually developing into a profound and touching reflection on labour, industry and the ever-increasing circulation of goods, capital and people in a globalised economy.
Supported by Austrian Cultural Forum London
This is the UK Premiere.
Followed by a Q&A with director Sebastian Brameshuber.
“Nominated for the Open City AwardSebastian Brameshuber studied scenography at the Vienna University of Applied Arts and cinema at the french audiovisual research center Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains. His work has appeared at the Berlinale, Viennale, Cinéma du Réel, FID Marseille, BAFICI, Karlovy Vary FF, Sarajevo FF, EMAF Osnabrueck, Impakt Utrecht, Media Art Friesland, among others. He released Muezzin in 2009 and Und in der Mitte, da sind wir in 2014.”