Movements of a Nearby Mountain
Bewegungen eines nahen Bergs
- Sebastian Brameshuber
- 85 min
- Ralph Wieser (Mischief Films), David Bohun (Panama Film), Sebastian Brameshuber (Panama Film), Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains
In his third feature, Sebastian Brameshuber purposefully recycles some images from Of Stains, Scrap and Tires (2014), a 16mm short filmed in the same car business nestled at the foot of the Austrian Alps, below the mists of Erzberg, one of the country’s largest iron ore deposits and mined since Roman times. Here, here nothing dies completely, everything is reused, recovered and remembered. Cliff, a Nigerian mechanic, tours car parks looking for vehicles to recondition and break up, which he then sells or exports as spare parts. Formerly, his large three-walled depot opened onto a paintball field; but now most of the customers on his horizon are from Eastern Europe, and Africa, where his parts find a small market. The calm observation, listening and exploration of labour, materials, exchanges and territories are what connects this Nigerian microcosm to economic relations across Europe and Africa. Through his materialist approach, Brameshuber links the exploitation of iron to the earth spirits and contemporary leisure activities. While the sound track of Nigerian forests is superimposed on the images of Austrian peri-urban areas, the owner recounts a founding myth that, underneath its ironic promises of eternity, speaks of the depletion of terrestrial resources, be it an imminent end or new beginnings.
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 been regularly presented and occasionally awarded at leading film and media art festivals such as the Berlinale, Viennale, FID Marseille, BAFICI, Karlovy Vary FF, Sarajevo FF among others. Following Muezzin in 2009 and Und in der Mitte, da sind wir in 2014, Bewegungen eines nahen Bergs is Brameshuber’s third feature-length film.