Films

A Free Man

Documentary, 2017, 75 min and 45 min
In co-production with ZDF/3sat
Director: Andreas Hartmann

Synopsis

22-year-old Kei refuses to conform to the Japanese achievement-oriented society. He is homeless by choice, living on the streets and under the bridges of Kyoto. His love for nature and music keeps him afloat in his dream world. However, when he runs out of money, he is forced to face reality.

Festivals and Awards

  • 22nd BUSAN International Film Festival 2017 – WINNER: Busan Cinephile Award for Best World Documentary
  • 60th DOK Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival 2017
  • 20th ONE WORLD International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Prague 2018
  • 14th achtung berlin – New Berlin Film Award 2018 – NOMINATION: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
  • 18th Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival Frankfurt am Main 2018
  • Concepcion Independent Film Award Chile 2018 – WINNER: Best Documentary Feature
  • Spain Moving Images Festival Madrid 2018
  • Santiago del Estero Film Festival Argentina 2018

TV Version and Release

  • Nominated for German TV award “Grimme Prize 2017” in the ZDF/3sat series “Ab 18!”
  • Nominated for european film award “Grosse Klappe” at doxs! Festivals – Duisburger Filmwoche 2016
  • Broadcasted on ZDF/3sat in the documentary series “Ab 18!” on 17.10.2016

My Buddha is Punk

Documentary, 2015, 68 min
Director: Andreas Hartmann

Synopsis

Kyaw Kyaw, a 25-year-old Burmese punk, pursues the dream of seeing the punk scene take off in the former military dictatorship Myanmar. Along with the members of his punk band, he tries to raise the awareness about the persistent violation of human rights and criticizes the ongoing civil war and the persecutions of ethnic minorities. He travels across the country to promote his own philosophy among the young generation: A symbiosis of Buddhism and punk that rejects religious dictates and political doctrine.

Festivals and Awards

  • 56th Festival dei Popoli Florence “Festival Highlights”
  • Visions du Réel Nyon 2015 “Doc Outlook”
  • 8th Millenium Documentary Film Festival Brussels 2016
  • 13th International Ethnographic Film Festival Göttingen 2016
  • 12th achtung berlin – New Berlin Film Award 2016 – NOMINATION: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
  • 6th Punk Film Festival Berlin – WINNER: Audience Choice Award
  • In-Edit Music Documentary Film Festival São Paulo 2016
  • Ânûû-rû Âboro Festival international du cinéma des peuples New Caledonia 2016
  • German Film Fest Australia Syndey & Melbourne 2016
  • Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival San Francisco 2017
  • Cinedelphia Film Festival – PhilaMOCA Philadelphia 2017

Release

  • International Theatrical Release: Thailand, August 2017
  • International VoD Release: Vimeo-on-Demand, January 2018

Reviews

  • “A New Wave of Punk Documentaries.” (The New York Times)
  • “A testament to the enduring power of punk and to people power.” (VICE)
  • “Thought provoking, entertaining and engrossing. 4 out of 5.” (La Premiere)

Days of Rain

Documentary, 2010, 72 min
Director: Andreas Hartmann

Synopsis

13-year-old Quynh lives with his family in a simple hut in central Vietnam. It’s rainy season, the time when their village is repeatedly flooded. Now a governmental program relocates their village to a new area. Building the new house will be a chance and challenge for the entire family.

Festivals

  • Cinéma du Réel Film Festival Paris 2010
  • Images en Bibliothèque Centre Pompidou 2010
  • Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2010
  • Duisburger Filmwoche 2010
  • Vientianale International Film Festival 2011
  • Bergamo Film Meeting 2011

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