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JONATHAN

JONATHAN
photo © Jeremy Rouse

The 23-year-old Jonathan sacrifices himself taking care of his cancer-stricken father Burghardt and works on the family farm with his aunt Martha. Looking after his father is an everyday struggle for Jonathan, one which never seems to end. The fact that Burghardt is incapable of emotional closeness and that there is something which stands between the two doesn’t make the situation any easier. Aware of her nephew’s struggle and despite her own troubled relationship to her brother, Martha hires the nurse Anka to help him. Jonathan feels extremely attracted to Anka and falls head-over-heels in love with her. But when Burghardt’s long-lost friend Ron shows up, everything changes and the father-son relationship is put to a test. Jonathan discovers ever more about a past he knew nothing about…


Piotr J. Lewandowski was born in 1975 in Warsaw/Poland. After studying Graphic Design and Economics in Warsaw and London, he studied Visual Communication at the University of Art and Design in Offenbach, and Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. A selection of his films includes: PROJECT 01 & 02 (short, 2001), LITTLE COMPUTER PEOPLE (short, 2001), HEAVY PREGNANT (short, 2003), PAPA (short, 2005), DIE AUFSCHNEIDER (2007), JANEK (short, 2008), FLIEGEN (short, 2009), GÖTTER WIE WIR (TV, 2012), ZWISCHEN ERDE UND LICHT (doc, 2016), and JONATHAN (2016). He is currently working on the feature KÖNIG DER ZIGEUNER (WT).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Piotr J. Lewandowski
Screenplay Piotr J. Lewandowski
Cinematography Jeremy Rouse
Cast Jannis Niewöhner, Julia Koschitz, André M. Hennicke, Thomas Sarbacher, Barbara Auer
Producers Alexandra Kordes, Meike Kordes
Co-Producers Piotr J. Lewandowski, Carsten Strauch, Stefanie Groß, Barbara Buhl, Christina Voss-Michalke, Georg Steinert, Lili Kobbe
Production Company Kordes & Kordes Film, in co-production with SWR, WDR, ARTE, HR/Frankfurt, in cooperation with Cine Postproduction/Geiselgasteig, FunDeMental Studios, Frankfurt
Length 99 min
Format DCP, color, 1:2.39
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2016 (Panorama), Frameline San Francisco 2016, Damn These Heels Festival Salt Lake City 2016, Ghent 2016, Rome Independent Film Festival 2016
Awards First Feature Award Frameline San Francisco 2016, Audience Award Salt Lake City 2016, Bavarian Film Prize 2016 (Best Newcomer Actor)
With backing from HessenFilm und Medien, German Federal Film Board, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Land Hessen - HessenInvestFilm, Hessische Filmförderung
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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