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Akiko Takakura survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima –
in the midst of total destruction she finds a moment of happiness.

OBON

an animated documentary

In a short-animated documentary, Akiko Takakura, one of the last remaining survivors of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, tells her life story. In this visually and emotional stunning story, she describes how, amidst the terror and nightmares, she found a rare moment of closeness with her father.


Akiko Takakura is one of only 10 people within a radius of 500 meters from ground zero to have survived the atomic bomb blast. While her colleague and friend Satomi Usami died from burns and a broken back, Ms. Takakura survived the catastrophe by sheer luck. She remembers extraordinary details and is able to bring them to life in her stories. The scenes described in the script are based solely on her experiences. Today, Ms. Takakura is 92 years old and lives in Hiroshima with her family where she is under their care.

Germany 2018 | 15 min | color | DCP | Dolby Digital 5.1 | Japanese with English or German subtitles

Trailer

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Festivals and Screenings

25. Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Films

International Competition – April 2018, Germany


Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival - Tel Aviv, Israel Short Film Competition – May 2018


58. Krakow Film Festival - Krakow, Poland

Short Film Competition – May/June 2018 Poland


Animafest Zagreb World Festival of Animated Film Grand

Competition - Short Film - June 2018, Croatia


46. Huesca International Film Festival - Huesca, Spain

International Short Film Competition – June 2018


Palm Springs International Shortfest - Palm Springs, USA

Official Selection – June 2018


Insomnia International Animation Film Festival

Official Selection - July 2018, Kaluga Region, Russia


Anima Mundi - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Short Film Competition – July/August 2018 Rio and Sao Paulo


Melbourne International Film Festival - Melbourne, Australia

Animation Shorts Competition - August 2018 


17th International Animation Festival - Hiroshima, Japan

Animation for Peace - August 2018


Encounters Film Festival - Bristol, UK

Animated Film Competition - September 2018



Heart Of Gold International Film Festival - Gympie, Australia

Official Selection - October 2018


KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival - Amsterdam, Netherlands Animated Film Competition - October 2018

New Orleans Film Festival – New Orleans, USA Animated Film Competition - October 2018

Chicago International Film Festival – New Orleans, USA
Animated Film Competition - October 2018

International Weekend of Animation – Wiesbaden, Germany
Best of German Animation 2017/2018 - Oct/Nov 2018

Duisburger Filmwoche – Duisburg, Germany
doxs! - November 2018

Hiroshima International Film Festival – Hiroshima, Japan
Official Selection - November 2018

Hawaii International Film Festival - Hawaiib
Animated Film Competition – November/December 2018

2018 London International Animation Festival - London, UK
Animated Film Competition – November/December 2018

CINANIMA International Animation Festival - Espinho, Portugal
International Competition for Short Films – November 2018

Awards

SILVER DRAGON AWARD

(Oscar qualifying) for Best Short Animated Film 58th Krakow Film Festival


WOMEN IN ANIMATION AWARD

for Exellence in Animation Filmmaking 49th ASIFA East Animation Film Festival


BEST IN SHOW AWARD

49th ASIFA East Animation Film Festival New York City


SPECIAL JURY MENTION

6th Insomnia International Animation Festival Kaluga, Russia


SPECIAL JURY MENTION

46th Huesca International Film Festival


Certificate of exceptional cultural value

German Film Evaluation Agency (Filmbewertungsstelle Wiesbaden)

Filmmakers

Andre Hörmann

André Hörmann

Director, Producer

André is a director, producer and writer based in LA and Berlin
andre@obonfilm.com

SAMO, Anna Bergmann

Anna SAMO

Director, Animator

SAMO is a director and animator based in New York and Berlin
anna@obonfilm.com

Daniel Regenberg

Composer, Musician

Daniel is a musician and composer based in Berlin

www.danielregenberg.net

Christian Vizi

Producer

Christian is a film producer from Germany
he is the founder and head of VIZION
christian@obonfilm.com

Christoph de la Chevallerie

Sound Designer

Christoph is a sound designer based in Berlin

www.cdelachevallerie.de

with AKIKO TAKAKURA 


directed by ANDRÉ HÖRMANN and ANNA SAMO written by ANDRÉ HÖRMANN art direction and animation ANNA SAMO

script consultant KATRIN MILHAHN music DANIEL REGENBERG sound design CHRISTOPH DE LA CHEVALLERIE foley PETER ROIGK postproduction coordinator JULIA SUERMONDT cast EMIRI SUZUKI, YOKO FUJITA, EIJI YANO, MIHO OHASHI, MASAHIRO NONAKA

dubbing directors SASCHA BERNER, EIJI YANO TRANSLATION TAKAE KONAGAI line producer (Japan) TOMOKO NISHIZAKI

soundstudio STUDIO CHAUSSEE SOUNDVISION colorgrading FARBKULT

supported by GOETHE-INSTITUT VILLA KAMOGAWA, HIROSHIMA FILM COMMISSION, INSTITUT FÜR FILMGESTALTUNG ULM E.V.

funded by FILM- UND MEDIENSTIFTUNG NRW, MEDIENBOARD BERLIN BRANDENBURG, NORDMEDIA FILM- UND MEDIENGESELLSCHAFT


produced by HÖRMANN FILMPRODUKTION and VIZION in coproduction with TIGER UNTERWEGS FILMPRODUKTION

producers ANDRÉ HÖRMANN, CHRISTIAN VIZI, GÜNTHER HÖRMANN