Movements of a Nearby Mountain - Bewegungen eines nahen Bergs
Q&A with Sebastian Brameshuber
At the foot of the Austrian Alps, a Nigerian mechanic works in a garage, repairing and exporting cars to his homeland. In the distance is Erzberg, a mountain that’s been mined for iron ore since Ancient Rome. Against this backdrop, the mechanic toils away in relative solitude, his routine labor standing in stark contrast to the resources being mined for capitalist gain in his periphery. A result of director Sebastian Brameshuber’s friendship with the film’s real-life subject and framed around a centuries-old legend of the mine’s mysterious creation, Movements of a Nearby Mountain commingles fact and fiction, myth and memory, in a meditation on man’s place in our globalist economy. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2019 Cinéma du Réel.