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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Movements of a Nearby Mountain
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Movements of a Nearby Mountain
Movements of a Nearby Mountain
Movements of a Nearby Mountain

Movements of a Nearby Mountain

director: Sebastian Brameshuber
original title: Bewegungen eines nahen Bergs
country: Austria, France
year: 2019
running time: 85 min.

synopsis

In an abandoned industrial zone at the foot of the Austrian Alps, a Nigerian mechanic lives and works by dismantling old cars and selling their individual parts, mainly to Eastern Europe and Africa. The documentary captures him during his work and while taking meditative breaks with a cigarette overlooking Erzberg Mountain, where iron ore has been mined since ancient Rome. The hero's isolated microcosm is observed at the very edge of economic activity, yet it is inextricably linked to global economic relations in Europe and Africa, the mining of resources, and the exploitation of profits.

biography

Sebastian Brameshuber (b. 1981) studied stage and film design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and film at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains in France. Since 2004, his works have been regularly shown and also awarded prizes at various film and media-art festivals such as Berlinale, Viennale, Cinéma du Réel, Karlovy Vary, among others. Following Muezzin in 2009 and And There We Are, in the Middle in 2014, his third feature-length film, Movements of a Nearby Mountain, was released in 2019, for which Brameshuber was awarded the Grand Prix Cinéma du Réel 2019 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

more about film

director: Sebastian Brameshuber
cast: Clifford Agu, Magnus Ogbonna
producer: Ralph Wieser, David Bohun
script: Sebastian Brameshuber
editing: Dane Komljen, Sebastian Brameshuber
sound: Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer

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