Chris the Swiss

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    Chris the Swiss

    Directed by

    Switzerland, Croatia, Germany, Finland

    2018

    90 min

    • English
    • Spanish
    • German
    • Swiss German

    Animation, Documentary

    Croatia, January 1992. In the midst of the Yugoslav Wars, Chris, a young Swiss journalist is found dead in mysterious circumstances. He was wearing the uniform of an international mercenary group. Anja Kofmel was his cousin. As a little girl, she used to admire this handsome young man; now a grown-up woman, she decides to investigate his story, trying to understand what really was the involvement of Chris in the conflict…

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Megan Gay
    Joel Basman
    Michael Würtenberg
    Veronika Schwab
    Carlos Ilich
    Ramirez Sanchez
    Sinisa Juricic
    Heidi Rinke
    Julio Cesar Alonso
    Alejandro Hernandez Mora
    Screenplay
    Anja Kofmel
    Cinematography
    Simon Guy Fässler
    Editing
    Stefan Kälin
    Music
    Marcel Vaid
    Sales
    UDI - URBAN DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    DSCHOINT VENTSCHR FILMPRODUKTION AG

    Press

    Through a meticulous and courageous investigation that intertwines facts and misdeeds, sensations and the foreboding, Chris the Swiss highlights the contagious folly that devours the hearts and brains of those who experience war first-hand.

    Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa

    Kofmel cites Joshua Oppenheimer's 2012 Oscar nominee THE ACT OF KILLING as a format inspiration on her debut feature, with its stylized visuals and dramatized reconstructions. But a closer parallel might be Ari Folman's 2008 animated WALTZ WITH BASHIR, which also weaves a painfully personal story into a wider wartime backdrop. This is stirring, suspenseful and technically accomplished work.

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A compelling and artistic hybrid of memoir, biographical documentary and general discussion of why young men feel their pulses quicken at the idea of fighting in a foreign war.

    Variety

    Anja  Kofmel

    Anja Kofmel

    Switzerland

    Anja was born in 1982 in Switzerland. After taking courses at the Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK), she studied animation at the Lucerne School of Design and Art (HSLU). In 2008, she received her diploma in visual design. Her highly acclaimed diploma film CHRIGI dealt with the same topic as her recently finished anima-doc CHRIS THE SWISS.