Chris the Swiss



Sequoia 1 Fri, Oct 12, 2018 2:45 PM
Rafael 2 Sat, Oct 13, 2018 7:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Animation Nation
Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:90 min.
Premiere Status:US
Language:Swiss German
Director:Anja Kofmel
Producer:Heino Deckert
Sinisa Juricic
Screenwriter:Anja Kofmel
Cinematographer:Simon Guy Fässler
Editor:Stefan Kälin
Cast:Megan Gay
Joel Basman
Print Source:Urban Distribution International
Note Writer:Shari Kizirian


After a Swiss journalist is found dead wearing the uniform of a right-wing paramilitary unit during the Balkan Wars in the early 1990s, more questions than answers surface about his murder. Using leftover notebooks, archival news footage, and recollections of colleagues and family members, Anja Kofmel traces her cousin Christian Würtenberg’s mysterious transformation from idealistic war correspondent to doomed mercenary. Animated black-and-white drawings are cut expertly into the documentary footage, providing a heartfelt portrait of the adventurous young man Kofmel remembers from childhood as well as filling in visuals for the unknowable parts of his story. Kofmel does not flinch from the intensity of the conflagration nor Würtenberg’s dubious role in it, but with deft direction, she pulls her lens wide enough to reveal the hazards of front-line journalism and the irrevocable price of getting too deeply involved in the story.

Expected Guest: Director Anja Kofmel  (All Screenings)

Sponsored by:

Consulate General of Switzerland

In association with WFilm Institute

Additional Information

Anja Kofmel studied at Lucerne’s School of Art and Design and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris. She previously made an animated short, Chris (2009), and was a visual effects artist on First and Last Things (2017), a feature documentary. Chris the Swiss is her first feature.