A new Swiss-Croatian documentary animation feature about a war with more than one aspects. Read about Chris the Swiss by Anja Kofmel.
There are many stories to be told about Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995), and Chris the Swiss is a most personal one. The documentary animated feature in development narrates the killing of 27-year-old Swiss journalist Christian Würtenberg in Croatia (7th January 1992), during the siege of Vukovar by the Yugoslav Army.
Würtenberg became a member of the «First Platoon of International Volunteers» only a few weeks earlier.
Eduardo Rozsa Flores, the commander of this force, claims that Serbian snipers killed «Chris the Swiss», but according to the autopsy, Würtenberg was strangled. Paul Jenks, a British photographer friend of Christian's, travels to Osijek in order to learn more about the circumstances surrounding his death.
The story of Christian Würtenberg was never made into a hot news item at the Swiss media. Now his cousin, the animator Anja Kofmel, which was 10 years old at the time of Würtenberg's death, prepares a 2D animated film to narrate her own memories in animated form, but also live-action interviews
The film is produced by Swiss company Dschoint Ventschr and Croatian Nukleus Film. It was presented as a work in development at the 2014 Cartoon Forum (Lyon), and received a grant totalling 99.500 EUR from the Croatian Audiovisual Center.
Croatian Audiovisual Center now repors that production of the film has now (June 2015) started in Zagreb. In the following nine months the animation will take place at Nukleus' premises in Zagreb. Around 30 animators will work on the film, half of them from Croatia.
Film completion is expected in March and the premiere is scheduled for autumn 2016.
Civil war, Croatia, 7th January 1992. The Swiss journalist Christian Würtenberg is found dead. His lifeless corpse wears the uniform of an international mercenary force.
In fact, Würtenberg became a member of the "First Platoon of International Volunteers" only a few weeks earlier. Eduardo Rozsa Flores, the commander of this force, claims that Serbian snipers killed "Chris the Swiss" but according to the autopsy, Würtenberg was strangled. Was Chris really a victim of the Serbians or was he killed by the force