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johatsu - into thin air


feature length documentary film

by Andreas Hartmann and Arata Mori 

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.

Documentary in post-production, 90 min and 52 min

In co-production with BR/ARTE and in participation with SRF and yesDocu

Expected Release: 2024

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

  • “D-Facto Motion Works-in-Progress Prize” at DOK Preview Germany – DOK Leipzig 2023

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