Of stains, scrap and tires
De Sebastian Brameshuber film 2014
A remote and long-abandoned industrial site in a narrow, densley wooded valley in Upper Styria has new users. Cliff, a young man and native of Nigeria, has for the last two years been managing a company exporting used cars and their parts. Together with two colleagues, also originating from Nigeria, he prepares the cars for shipment to Nigeria. The majority of the film is dedicated to the audiovisual exploration of the garage which is incredibly rich of images and sounds. It is a Nigerian microcosm in the middle of the Styrian nowhere which seems to have fallen out of time and space. Directly across from Cliffs garage there is a paintball field where young people from the region pursue their archaic hobby. The paintball field which is only acoustically present until the last part of the film plays a minor yet significant role. It serves as a contrasting foil, as a metaphor that refers to realities beyond this specific location. My cinematic interest lays in the vis-à-vis of those two different realities – a working and a game world – and their visual, acoustic and symbolic relationship.
CineArt Styria, Province of Upper Austria, Province of Lower Austria, Austrian Cultural Forum Paris, City of Vienna.
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