War

Please log in to watch films (restrictions may apply)

  1. Extra

    War

    Chrieg

    Directed by

    • Simon Jaquemet

    Switzerland

    2014

    108 min

    • German

    Drama

    San Sebastián IFF

    The whole world is against Matteo. At least that’s how it seems to this fifteen-year-old. He has no friends, his parents appear to live on another planet and his awkward attempts at gaining the respect of his father continually fall flat. One night, Matteo is led away by two men and taken to an isolated Alp, where he is to spend the summer working hard on the fields at a boot camp. But Matteo gets a surprise while up in the mountains: after overpowering their supervisor, the rebellious youths Anton, Dion and Ali take over control and lock the newcomer in a dog pound. Over time, the tortured and humiliated Matteo proves his courage, and is finally accepted by the truculent gang. Together, the youths wage a war - against adults, against society, against everyone and everything. With CHRIEG, director Simon Jaquemet takes us on a journey into the world of an aggressive gang. An intense, atmospherically dense drama that burrows deep under the skin.

    Awards

    • Jury Award, Best Actor (Benjamin Lutzke) - Marrakech IFF
    • Max Ophüls Prize - Max Ophüls FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Benjamin Lutzke
    Ella Rumpf-Capron
    Ste
    Sascha Gisler
    Screenplay
    Simon Jaquemet
    Cinematography
    Lorenz Merz
    Editing
    Christof Schertenleib
    Sales
    PICTURE TREE INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    HUGOFILM PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    SCHWEIZER RADIO UND FERNSEHEN

    Press

    Jaquemet shines a light on a different side of being young... with a raw and ruthless story in which the reward for confronting one's own inner demons is redemption. Sublime.

    Muriel Del Don, Cineuropa

    Simon Jaquemet

    Simon Jaquemet

    Switzerland

    I want my film to be an exploration of the subject through a very personal point of view, which is presented to an audience without delivering the matching moral. It is meant to shake up, rather than to confirm.

    Simon Jaquemet (1978) grew up on a farm near Basel in Switzerland. After a short career as a professional snowboarder, he studied film directing at the Zürich University of the Arts. He wrote and directed several short films including FORTRESS (2005), BLOCK (2007) and LAURA'S PARTY (2010), which were invited to various international festivals. He also directed music videos, which won several awards, and worked as a cinematographer for video artists. Jaquemet’s first feature WAR premiered at the 2014 San Sebastian IFF in the New Directors section and was invited to festivals all over the world. WAR won the prestigious Max Ophüls Preis at the Max Ophüls FF and several more awards, including the Jury Prize and the Prize for Best Actor at the Marrakech FF.

    Selected Filmography