Movements of a Nearby Mountain

Bewegung eines nahen Bergs

DIRECTOR(S): Sebastian Brameshuber   COUNTRIES: Austria, France   YEAR: 2019   LANGUAGE(S): Igbo, German, English   SUBTITLES: English   RUNNING TIME: 86 min

SECTION: International Forum 2019


Saturday, 05.10., 6.45 pm, Caritas-Pirckheimer-Haus, Q&A with Sebastian Brameshuber


Beyond the race for technological innovation, cartel-like collusion in the auto parts industry, and the ominous interplay of marketing and emission levels, at the base of the Erzberg mine in Styria (central-western Austria), can be found a part of the automobile market that is not yet so alienated.
A Nigerian immigrant in Austria, Cliff buys old cars in order to disassemble and separate their parts in a dilapidated warehouse on the side of a federal highway in the woods before reconditioning them for his former homeland. Carefully distanced and focused, MOVEMENTS OF A NEARBY MOUNTAIN describes what Cliff’s work entails and what it produces in connection to bodies and objects.
More than merely documenting his skills, the film weaves together the visible with the invisible and the myths and histories surrounding and pervading the material world: the waterman, who brought people iron for eternity, the promises and mechanisms of the market on two continents of the earth as well as life between these worlds and the end of the chain of exploitation — which is simultaneously its beginning.


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. Since 2004, his work has been presented and occasionally awarded at film and media art festivals such as Berlinale, Viennale, Cinéma du Réel, FID Marseille, BAFICI, Karlovy Vary FF, Sarajevo FF, EMAF Osnabrueck, Impakt Utrecht and Media Art Friesland. Following Muezzin in 2009 and Und in der Mitte, da sind wir in 2014, Movements of a Nearby Mountain is Brameshuber’s third feature-length film.


Preserving Cultural Traditions in a Period of Instability (2004), Muezzin (2009), Of Stains, Scrap & Tires (2014), Und in der Mitte, da sind wir (2014), In, Over & Out (2015), Movement Of a Nearby Mountain (2019)

SCRIPT: Sebastian Brameshuber   PRODUCER: Ralph Wieser   CAMERA: Klemens Hufnagl   EDITOR: Dane Komljen, Sebastian Brameshuber  

PRODUCTION: Mischief Films   WORLD SALES: Pierre-Emmanuel Finzi, Filmgarten