A Free Man

  • Tuesday, May 29, 22:15 Naxoshalle Kino
  • 自由人
  • Japan / Germany 2017, DCP, 75 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director, camera & world sales: Andreas Hartmann
  • Production: Andreas Hartmann, ZDF/3sat
  • In presence of the director


A life of freedom from all conventions: 22-year-old Kei refuses to conform to Japan’s achievement-oriented society. He lives as a “jiyujin,” a free man, 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 confront reality.

Director's Bio
Andreas Hartmann, born in 1983, is a Berlin-based filmmaker and cinematographer. He graduated from the Film and Television Academy "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam-Babelsberg. His works have been screened at many international film festivals, e.g. Toronto, Warschau, São Paulo and Berlin. In 2014 he was an Artist-in-Residence in the Villa Kamogawa (Goethe-Institut) in Kyoto. In 2017 he was nominated for the German TV award “Grimme-Prize” and received the “Gerd Ruge Grand.”

2010 Days of Rain; 2015 My Buddha Is Punk

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