Development

Johatsu – The Missing

Documentary in development, 90 min and 52 min
In co-production with BR/ARTE and in participation with SRF and yesDocu
Expected Release: 2022
Directors: Andreas Hartmann and Arata Mori

Synopsis:

In contemporary Japan, people vanish without a trace with the support of so-called “Night Moving Companies”, which help people to disappear from their current life. Known as the Johatsu, or “the evaporated”, these people leave everything behind to start a new life somewhere else.

Grants and Awards

  • Development supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW “Gerd Ruge Grant”
  • Selected for the “Masters Pitch” at the DOK.fest Munich 2019
  • Nominated for the “German Composition Funding Award” at the DOK.fest Munich 2019
  • “Sunny Side of the Doc Pitch Prize” at the DOK.fest Munich 2019
  • Participant at the Sunny Side of the Doc international marketplace, La Rochelle – France 2019
  • Selected for the DOK Leipzig Co-Pro Market 2019
  • Production grants by BKM – Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien and Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

Alternates (Bergantian)

Animated VR film in development
A co-production between Kampung Ayu, Cinema Leap, Kayu Lucie Fontaine and Ossa Film (Japan, Indonesia, Germany)
Expected Release: 2022
Producer and Director: Jonathan Hagard
CG Director: Masaya Inaba
Co-producer Indonesia: Marco Cassani
Co-producer Japan: Katsutoshi Machiba, Tetsuya Ohashi
Co-producer Germany: Andreas Hartmann

Synopsis:

Between 1906 and 1908 when the Balinese were being subjugated by the Dutch, a mass ritual suicide (Puputan) lead by the Kings of Bali happened in preference to facing the humiliation of surrender.
As a consequence, the Dutch turned protectors of the Balinese culture and endeavored to preserve it in addition to their initial modernization role. Efforts were made at preserving Bali and making it a “living museum” of classical culture, and in 1914, Bali was opened to tourism.
Theses events shaped Balinese modern history, the very harshness of the military invasions thus paradoxically triggered an international uproar which contributed to the preservation of Bali’s culture, to make the island one of the most popular tourist destinations today.

What if this mass ritual suicide did not happened?
“Alternates” (Bergantian) is an Indonesian uchronia and depicts two dancers in this alternative timeline. It is a VR experience about things that don’t change and things that could have changed.

Silent Memories
(サイレントメモリー)

Two animated VR films in development, 2x 25 min
A co-production between Kampung Ayu, Cinema Leap and Ossa Film (Japan, Germany)
Expected release: 2023 (part 1), 2025 (part 2)
Producer, Writer and Director: Jonathan Hagard
CG Director: Masaya Inaba
Co-producer Japan: Katsutoshi Machiba, Tetsuya Ohashi
Co-producer Germany: Andreas Hartmann

Logline

In a near future, a memoryless era, a robot refurbishes an old pastry shop and remembers past events.
It is a story about eras, absence and kept memories.

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