The 57th International Critics’ Week, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival organized by the French Syndicate of Film Critics, will offer the world premieres of both an animated feature and short among its competition lineup.
The feature is Anja Kofmel’s Chris the Swiss, a hybrid documentary that combines animation and live-action. The 90-minute project is a co-production between Switzerland (Dschoint Ventschr), Croatia (Nukleus Film), Germany (Ma.ja.de), and Finland (IV Films).
Chris the Swiss tells the story of Kofmel’s older cousin who traveled as a journalist to Croatia to cover the Yugoslav Wars in the early-1990s and ended up dying under mysterious circumstancing wearing the uniform of an international mercenary group. “As a little girl, she used to admire this handsome young man,” explains the film description. “Now a grown-up woman, she decides to investigate his story, trying to understand what really was the involvement of Chris in the conflict…”