CRISS THE SWISS
by Anja Kofmel
Swiss, 2018, 90’
Sunday 6, 7.00 pm, Cinema Méliès
Production: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Nukleus Film, MA.JA.DE. Filmproduktion, IV Films
Producers: Samir, Siniša Juricic, Heino Deckert, Iikka Vehkalahti
Executive Producer: Sereina Gabathuler
Editing: Stefan Kälin
Animation: Simon Eltz (Head of Animation), Serge Valbert (Art Director)
Music: Marcel Vaid
Sound Design: Markus Krohn
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.
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.