Sebastian Brameshuber (1981) studied at the Vienna University of Applied Arts and the French Audiovisual Research Center Le Fresnoy. Since 2004 his work has been regularly present at the Berlinale, Viennale, Cinéma du Réel, FID Marseille, Karlovy Vary FF, Sarajevo FF, EMAF Osnabrueck, Impakt Utrecht and Media Art Friesland.
Independent and self-taught, Cliff, a Nigerian, emigrated to Austria a few years ago, where he lives in a mountainous area, at the foot of the Alps. In the silence and peacefulness of the near isolation in which he works, the man seems to favour a daily routine: he dismantles old cars, refurbishes them or sells the parts that are still viable, cooks out in the open from time to time and meets potential clients. At a first glance, Sebastian Brameshuber’s film doesn’t seem to advocate a particular cause or to aim at a politically engaged discourse, but the social criticism is there, traceable between the strada of the mundane navigated by the protagonist. Subtly, from his relationships and snippets of conversation, we can detect signs of intolerance, mistrust, or even racism, all hidden behind the guise of good intentions. Even his return to Nigeria (in order to still sell cars) is weighed down by the anguish of being faraway, by the overwhelming feeling of having become a stranger even to your own people. (by Andreea Chiper)
awards and festivals
Cinéma du Réel 2019 - Grand Prix / Vienna International Film Festival 2019 - Special Mention / Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz 2019 - Local Artist Award / Diagonale, Graz 2019 - Best Cinematography Feature Film