Just a Guy
Short Animated Documentary, 2020, 15 min.
Original title: Just a Guy
Director: Shoko Hara
Screenplay: Simon Thummet
Cinematography: Shoko Hara
Producer: Stefan Michel
Festivals: (selection) Hot Docs Toronto 2020, Krakow 2020, Animafest Zagreb 2020, Annecy 2020, Guanajuato 2020, Odense 2020, Message-to-Man St. Petersburg 2020, Raindance London 2020, Ottawa 2020, Ghent 2020, Sapporo 2020, Riga 2020, Kaohsiung 2020, Uppsala 2020, Bucheon 2020, Reanima Bergen 2020, Cork 2020, Anim’est Bucharest 2020, PÖFF Shorts Tallinn 2020, Torino 2020, Animateka Ljubljana 2020, Clermont-Ferrand 2021, Anima Brussels 2021
Awards: Golden Dragon, Krakow 2020; Grand Prix, Animafest Zagreb 2020; Golden Centaur, Grand Prix, Message-to-Man St. Petersburg 2020; Special Jury Award, Sapporo 2020; Best Animated Documentary, Reanima Bergen 2020; Special Jury Prize, Torino 2020
Just a Guy is an animated documentary short film about love. Three women share glimpses of their affection, attraction, and relationship with Richard Ramirez: a serial killer and rapist they contacted after he was convicted in the 1980s. Through their perspective, we revisit exchanged letters and emotions that are as obsessive as they are hauntingly familiar.