“Last winter we made our way back to Japan for the first time since Covid, with aims to dive into the bottomless pit of powder only Hokkaido can provide. And it did. Meanwhile back home in Switzerland we were met with the complete opposite conditions as those we experienced overseas – bone dry, a record low. This stark contrast was the initial spark to explore further themes of opposition, but also the similarities between these two places we hold so dearly – Switzerland, our home, with its towering Alps, deep valleys, tiny villages and old European architecture; versus the serene rolling hills of northern Japan, and the dense, bustling and vibrant stimuli of Tokyo.”
Joined by a colourful cast and crew of friends, riders and creatives, Korua delved into a cinematic exploration of two cultures and terrains on opposite sides of the world – that are intimately connected to us through snowboarding, yet beautifully distinct in their own ways.
Featuring Nicholas Wolken, James Niederberger, Spencer O’Brien, Runar Hjörleifsson, Atsufumi Mizuno and Daria Fuchs.
Director & Editor, Principal Cinematography, Sound Design & Color: Elle Hindert
Creative Direction: Elle Hindert & Aaron Schwartz
FPV Pilot: Nathan McBride
Additional Cameras: Nathan McBride & Aaron Schwartz