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CHRIS THE SWISS

CHRIS THE SWISS

The past can be a prickly thing. One of the strengths of Anja Kofmel’s part-animated documentary investigation into the death of her cousin Chris in Croatia in 1992 is that it does not attempt to sand the troubled history down to smoothness. Kofmel, who was a child when 27-year-old journalist Christian Würtenberg was found strangled in a field wearing the uniform of a mercenary unit, uses a variety of approaches - talking heads, newsreel footage, excerpts from Chris’ diaries and hand-drawn animation - to embody those contradictions. It’s a multicolored wreath of roses to lay against her cousin’s legacy, thorns and all. (Jessica Kiang, Variety)

 

Anja Kofmel
Anja Kofmel was born in 1982 in Switzerland. After taking courses at the Zürich University of the Arts, she studied animation at the Lucerne School of Design and Art. 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“, which was awarded for best documentary at the Swiss Film Awards 2019.

Film Selection: Chris the Swiss (2018, doc) - Chrigi (2016, doc short)

Competition Documentary

Anja Kofmel

Switzerland / Croatia / Germany / Finland 2018
90 minutes
Swiss-German/German/English/Spanish
OmeU

Screenplay
Cinematography
Simon Guy Fässler, Philipp Künzli, Gabriel Sandru
Editing
Stefan Kälin
Sound
Markus Krohn
Music
Marcel Vaid
Cast
Megan Gay, Joel Basman, Michael Würtenberg, Veronika Schwab, Carlos Ilich, Ramirez Sanchez, Sinisa Juricic, Heidi Rinke, Julio Cesar Alonso, Alejandro  Hernandez  Mora
Producers
Samir, Sinisa Juricic, Heino Deckert, Iikka Vehkalahti

Trailer
Website

Production

Dchoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Nukleus Film, Ma.Ja.De., IV Films
World Sales

Urban Distribution Intl

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Cannes Film Festival 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere