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…
- Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2018
- Seville European Film Festival 2018
- La Semaine de la Critique 2018
- Athens International Film Festival 2018
- Helsinki IFF - Love & Anarchy 2018
- Sarajevo Film Festival 2018
- IDFA 2018
- Locarno Film Festival 2018
- Solothurn Film Festival 2018
- Adelaide Film Festival 2018
- Megan Gay
- Joel Basman
- Michael Würtenberg
- Veronika Schwab
- Carlos Ilich
- Ramirez Sanchez
- Sinisa Juricic
- Heidi Rinke
- Julio Cesar Alonso
- Alejandro Hernandez Mora
- Anja Kofmel
- Simon Guy Fässler
- Stefan Kälin
- Marcel Vaid
- UDI - URBAN DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL
- DSCHOINT VENTSCHR FILMPRODUKTION AG
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.
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.
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.
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.