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Chris the Swiss
German Film Festival | 15.10.-01.11.2020

Chris the Swiss © Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG

Chris the Swiss

Year 2018
Runtime 90 min
Rating PG13
Language English, German, French
Subtitles English
Director Anja Kofmel 
Producer Sereina Gabathuler
Screenwriter Anja Kofmel 
Cinematographer Guy Faessler
Cast Joel Basman, Milton Welsh, Marko Cindric 

Anja Kofmel already admired her cousin Chris as a little girl. His mysterious death in the midst of the wars in Yugoslavia in 1992 still keeps her occupied. Especially as the young Swiss journalist wore the uniform of an international mercenary group at the time of his death. What happened?

As an adult, Anja decides to follow his story. She tries to understand what Chris' actual involvement in this conflict was and takes us on a quest to Croatia. She tells of her journey in a fine mix of documentary and animated film. Meanwhile the film already won several awards.

"In war, the choice is not between good and bad; it is between bad and very bad."

Gaston Besson, Mercenary

This film is presented in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore.


2018 Adelaide Film Festival
Special Mention (International Documentary Award), Anja Kofmel

2019 DocsBarcelona
Best Documentary (Honorable Mention), Anja Kofmel

2019 Jameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival
Winner (CineDocs Prize), Anja Kofmel

2019 Swiss Film Prize
Best Music, Marcel Vaid
Best Editing, Stefan Kälin
Best Documentary, Anja Kofmel

2019 Trieste Film Festival
Best Documentary, Anja Kofmel
Best Film (Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Award), Anja Kofmel

2018 Zurich Film Awards
Best Film, Samir, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG 


2018 Athens International Film Festival
Best Documentary, Anja Kofmel

2018 Cannes Film Festival
Critics' Week Grand Prize, Anja Kofmel
Golden Camera, Anja Kofmel
Golden Eye, Anja Kofmel

2018 Emile Award
Best Sound Design in a Feature Film Production, Markus Krohn, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Nukleus film

2018 São Paulo International Film Festival
Best Film (New Directors Competition), Anja Kofmel

2019 Vilnius International Film Festival
Best Film (New Europe - New Names Competition), Anja Kofmel



Chris The Swiss is available on demand at The Projector Plus from 15 October to 1 November 2020.

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