Open City Documentary Festival

Movements of a Nearby Mountain + Q&A

Director
Sebastian Brameshuber
 
Country
Austria
 
Duration
85min
 
Previous Festivals & Awards
Cinéma du Réel 2019 (Winner: Cinéma du Réel Grand Prize), Art of the Real 2019
 
Date
Event has passed
 
Location
ICA
 

Nominated for the Open City Award

Sebastian 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.

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.

Read an essay on Movements of a Nearby Mountain by Giovanni Marchini