Official Selection


World Premiere


Director: Anshul Chauhan
Country: Japan
Year: 2019
Film duration: 02:24
Language: Japanese
Producer: Anshul Chauhan
Screenwriter: Anshul Chauhan
DoP: Maxim Golomidov
Music: Yuma Koda
Cast: Wan Marui, Hidemasa Mase, Taichi Yamada, Seira Kojima, Takuzo Shimizu
Production: Kowatanda Films


Director Anshul Chauhan was born, raised and schooled in India, while operator Maxim Golomidov was born, raised and schooled in Estonia. Last year, they completed their first feature film ‘Bad Poetry Tokyo’ which earned recognition at various festivals. Now they present their second collaboration. Like with the first one, it is a Japanese feature film by country of origin. Anshul is a professional animator, and self-educated in other areas of film. Maxim is a qualified film operator and has won the 2015 Young Filmmaker Award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

School girl Sora is living together with her father, but they have a complicated relationship, they are both as if living a separate life. When Sora finds a WWII diary from amongst her grandfather’s things, which contains a hint that there is a treasure buried somewhere near her home, she starts looking for it. At the same time, a peculiar homeless man wonders into town. The guy seems dim-witted and mute and for some reason only walks backwards. As it happens, Sora’s father accidentally hits the weird man with his car. The victim is taken to their home and it changes something in the relationship between the girl and her father.

This black-and-white film would be quite an ordinary story if it wasn’t for the backwards-walking man. A simple plot has gained a deeper meaning. The viewers have to figure out who that man is and why. In order to go forward to the future, do we sometimes have to go backwards to the past in our mind?

Mihkel Möölman


Anshul Chauhan born in north India and trained in a military academy. Started working as an Animator in 2006 with Technicolor India. Moved to Tokyo in 2011. In 2016 started making live action short films and eventually made his first feature film "Bad Poetry Tokyo" in 2017. He still works as an animator in Tokyo. "Kontora" is his third full-length film.
Director's filmography: Bad Poetry Tokyo (2018), Kontora (2019)
  • Anshul Chauhan

    Mon, November 25, 2019


    Coca-Cola Plaza, iSense Saal, Tallinn

    Screening code: 110101
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Anshul Chauhan, Mina Moteki, Wan Marui, Max Golomidov, Yuma Koda, Seira Kojima, Akira Nishibu
    Screening duration: 02:54
    Language: Japanese

    Thu, November 28, 2019


    Elektriteater, Tartu

    Screening code: 141802
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Anshul Chauhan, Wan Marui
    Screening duration: 02:44
    Language: Japanese

    Sun, December 1, 2019


    Apollo Kino Solaris, Saal 5, Tallinn

    Screening code: 171303
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 02:24
    Language: Japanese

    Sun, December 1, 2019


    Apollo Kino Solaris, Saal 2 Tallink, Tallinn

    Screening code: 171002
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 02:24
    Language: Japanese
    Add. Info: Extra screening - Grand Prix winner






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