CHRIS THE SWISS
el Documental del mes February 2020

CHRIS THE SWISS

Anja Kofmel

2018 90 min.

Original Version with Catalan and Spanish subtitles
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Technical specs

    • Directed by: Anja Kofmel
    • Written by: Anja Kofmel
    • Producer: Samir, Sinisa Juricic, Heino Deckert, Iikka Vehkalahti
    • Executive Producer: Sereina Gabathuler
    • Editing: Stefan Kälin
    • Cinematography: Simon Guy Fässler
    • Animation: Simon Eltz, Serge Valbert
    • Music: Marcel Vaid
    • Sound Design: Markus Krohn
    • Production: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Nukleus Film, MA.JA.DE. Filmproduktion, IV Films
    • Distribution: DocsBarcelona Distribution

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Sinopsi

In the early 90s, the War in Yugoslavia broke out and young people from all over Europe went there to fight, among them a Swiss journalist who was found dead in Croatia dressed as a mercenary. Twenty years later, filmmaker Anja Kofmel investigates the reason for his death and what brought her cousin to war.

Thanks to a journal that Chris left, Anja Kofmel begins to imagine the last few months of her cousin’s life. What begins as a curiosity to understand the motivations of a 27-year-old Swiss young man to become part of a group of armed mercenaries (PIV), many miles away from his home, becomes a personal and accurate research which brings together witnesses such as the members of his family, his former journalism colleagues, PIV mercenaries and even the former terrorist “Carlos El Chacal”. The image that little by little is created in Anja Kofmel’s mind about the last months of Chris’s life becomes a very personal animated world that recreates the story of an announced death.

About direction (Anja Kofmel)

Anja Kofmel studied Animation at Lucerne School of Design and Art (HSLU). During that time, Anja spent a semester at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris. In 2009, she completed her studies and received a diploma in visual design, specializing in animation. Her diploma project was Chrigi, an award-winning and highly acclaimed short film dealing with the brutal murder of her cousin Christian Würtenberg. After receiving her diploma, Anja focused on working as an independent animation and documentary filmmaker as well as an illustrator. Between 2015 and 2017, she spent most of her time in Croatia and Germany leading an international team of animators as the director and artistic leader of the Anima Doc Chris the Swiss, which is a more elaborate examination of the murder of her cousin. During that time, she also founded her own production company Asako GmbH in Zurich. In 2018, she finished her work on Chris the Swiss.

Awards & Festivals

  • Semaine de la Critique, Festival de Cannes – France, 2018
  • Película Inaugural, Leeds IFF – UK, 2018
  • Premio Alpe Adria Cinema & Premio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa, Trieste Film Festival – Italy, 2019
  • Mención especial del Jurado, DocsBarcelona – Spain, 2019
  • Premio del Público, Between Women Filmmakers Caravan – Lebanon, 2019
  • Golden Pegasus, Animator Festival – Poland, 2019
  • Best of Fests, IDFA – Netherlands, 2018
  • Película Inaugural, Animasivo – Mexico, 2018
  • Selección Oficial, Animafest FF – Croatia, 2018
  • Gems of New Cinema, Midnight Sun Film Festival – Finland, 2018
  • Annecy International Animation Film Festival - France, 2018
  • Sección Another View, Karlovy Vary IFF – Czech Rep., 2018
  • Animation Section, Melbourne IFF – Australia, 2018
  • Kinoscope Programme, Sarajevo IFF – Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2018
  • Impact Section, Vancouver IFF – Canada, 2018
  • Animation Nation Section, Mill Valley FF – USA, 2018
  • New Filmmakers Competition, São Paulo IFF – Brazil, 2018
  • International Programme, DOK Leipzig 2018 – Germany, 2018
  • Documentary Competition, Minsk Listapad IFF – Belarus, 2018
  • Festival de Cine Europeo de Sevilla – Spain, 2018
  • Movies on War Film Festival – Norwey, 2018
  • Les Sommets du Cinéma d'Animation FI Montreal – Canada, 2018
  • Vilnius IFF – Lithuania, 2019
  • Documentary Competition, Crossing Europe FF – Austria, 2019
  • Framing Reality, New Zealand Film Festival – New Zeland, 2019

Where

When

30/01/2020 (Thursday)
21:00 Banyoles ATENEU BARCHRIS THE SWISS
02/02/2020 (Sunday)
19:00 Premià de Mar PATRONAT SOCIAL PREMIANENCCHRIS THE SWISS
03/02/2020 (Monday)
18:00 Lleida BIBLIOTECA PÚBLICA DE LLEIDACHRIS THE SWISS
06/02/2020 (Thursday)
19:00 Girona MUSEU DEL CINEMACHRIS THE SWISS
19:01 Sant Quirze del Vallès LA PATRONAL – SALA JOSEP BROSSACHRIS THE SWISS
19:30 Barcelona CINEMES GIRONACHRIS THE SWISS
19:31 Huesca SALÓN DE ACTOS DE LA DIPUTACIÓN PROVINCIAL DE HUESCACHRIS THE SWISS
20:00 Manresa AUDITORI LA PLANA DE L’OMCHRIS THE SWISS
07/02/2020 (Friday)
20:00 Joanetes - La Vall d'en Bas CAN TRONA – CENTRE DE CULTURA I NATURACHRIS THE SWISS
21:30 Amposta EL CASALCHRIS THE SWISS
08/02/2020 (Saturday)
18:00 Amposta EL CASALCHRIS THE SWISS
19:00 Premià de Mar PATRONAT SOCIAL PREMIANENCCHRIS THE SWISS
11/02/2020 (Tuesday)
19:30 Valladolid UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID – AULA MERGELINACHRIS THE SWISS
20:00 Madrid CINETECACHRIS THE SWISS
12/02/2020 (Wednesday)
18:15 València OCTUBRE CENTRE DE CULTURA CONTEMPORÀNIACHRIS THE SWISS
19:00 Barcelona BIBLIOTECA ESQUERRA DE L’EIXAMPLE – AGUSTÍ CENTELLESCHRIS THE SWISS
19:01 Mataró CAFÈ DE MAR (Sala d’actes)CHRIS THE SWISS
19:30 Elorrio ITURRI KULTUR ETXEACHRIS THE SWISS
20:00 Sant Cugat del Vallès SALA D’ACTES DE LA CASA DE CULTURACHRIS THE SWISS
20:01 Oviedo TEATRO FILARMÓNICACHRIS THE SWISS
20:30 Vilanova i la Geltrú TEATRE PRINCIPALCHRIS THE SWISS
13/02/2020 (Thursday)
20:00 Barcelona AUDITORI DE SANT MARTÍCHRIS THE SWISS
20:01 Girona CENTRE CÍVIC SANTA EUGÈNIACHRIS THE SWISS
21:00 Portillo TEATRO CINE ÁLVARO DE LUNACHRIS THE SWISS
16/02/2020 (Sunday)
19:00 Tortosa TEATRE AUDITORI FELIP PEDRELL. SALA PETITACHRIS THE SWISS
17/02/2020 (Monday)
20:00 Santa Cruz de La Palma TEATRO CHICOCHRIS THE SWISS
20:30 Barcelona TEATRE DE SARRIÀCHRIS THE SWISS
20:31 Pontevedra TEATRO PRINCIPAL DE PONTEVEDRACHRIS THE SWISS
18/02/2020 (Tuesday)
19:00 Barcelona CASA ELIZALDECHRIS THE SWISS
19:01 Matadepera CASAL DE CULTURACHRIS THE SWISS
19:30 Gijón CENTRO DE CULTURA ANTIGUO INSTITUTOCHRIS THE SWISS
19:31 Tudela de Duero SALÓN DE PLENOS DEL AYUNTAMIENTOCHRIS THE SWISS
20:00 Los Llanos de Aridane ESPACIO CULTURAL EL SECADEROCHRIS THE SWISS
20:01 Salamanca UNIVERSIDAD DE SALAMANCA – TEATRO JUAN DEL ENZINACHRIS THE SWISS
19/02/2020 (Wednesday)
18:00 Sabadell CINES IMPERIALCHRIS THE SWISS
18:01 Zamora SALÓN DE ACTOS DEL CAMPUS VIRIATOCHRIS THE SWISS
20/02/2020 (Thursday)
19:30 Barcelona CENTRE CÍVIC FORT PIENCCHRIS THE SWISS
21/02/2020 (Friday)
20:00 Santa Coloma de Gramenet BIBLIOTECA SINGUERLÍN – SALVADOR CABRÉCHRIS THE SWISS
23/02/2020 (Sunday)
19:00 Molins de Rei JOVENTUT CATÒLICA – LA PENICHRIS THE SWISS
20:30 Barcelona TEATRE DE SARRIÀCHRIS THE SWISS
25/02/2020 (Tuesday)
18:00 Barcelona BIBLIOTECA DE VILAPICINA I LA TORRE LLOBETACHRIS THE SWISS
26/02/2020 (Wednesday)
18:30 Barberà del Vallès TEATRE MUNICIPAL COOPERATIVACHRIS THE SWISS
19:00 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria TEATRO GUINIGUADACHRIS THE SWISS
20:00 Sort CINEMA ELS TIL·LERSCHRIS THE SWISS
20:30 Puerto del Rosario - Fuerteventura AUDITORIO INSULAR PUERTO DEL ROSARIOCHRIS THE SWISS
20:31 Corralejo AUDITORIO DE CORRALEJOCHRIS THE SWISS
27/02/2020 (Thursday)
19:00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife LA GRANJA – ESPACIO DE CREACIÓNCHRIS THE SWISS
19:30 Ourense BIBLIOTECA PÚBLICA DE OURENSECHRIS THE SWISS
20:00 Viladecans ATRIUM TEATRECHRIS THE SWISS
20:30 Monzón TEATRO VICTORIACHRIS THE SWISS
28/02/2020 (Friday)
18:30 Tarragona BIBLIOTECA PÚBLICA DE TARRAGONACHRIS THE SWISS
19:00 Rubí ATENEU MUNICIPALCHRIS THE SWISS
20:00 La Bisbal d'Empordà TEATRE MUNDIALCHRIS THE SWISS
20:01 Sant Just Desvern ATENEU DE SANT JUSTCHRIS THE SWISS