Melanie Manchot
Out Of Bounds (B)
2016, 12:24 min
Day 2, Screening 5
16 Dec 2018, 23:00

Out of Bounds was filmed in the high Alpine Valley of Engleberg and follows two different teams of mountain workers, people who day in and day out perform the same tasks to make the mountain safe and pleasurable – they are the hidden labour that allows the mountain industry to function. One is a team that goes up early in the mornings after a fresh snowfall to detonate controlled avalanches, and the second is a group of piste-bully drivers, flattening the mountain as if with a huge iron. The resulting films start with an interest in these activities, the endless repetition of these gestures, the Sisyphean tasks, but then depart from a direct or documentary observation and representation of them. By contrast, they become more abstract and possibly cinematic.