Archive of films Chrieg / Chrieg

2014, 110 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2015

The frustrated adolescents portrayed in this film each have their own reasons for declaring war on the world, and they behave accordingly. A group of four outsiders are placed at a farm in a remote Alpine region from where they are to return to normal life as reformed individuals. Rather than their aggressive behaviour, it’s the relationships that develop between them which present a true testimony of who they really are.


Fifteen-year-old Matteo seems to personify all the possible vices of puberty – he is ignorant, disrespectful, aggressive, bored, he has no positive agenda, and he’s tried both sex and drugs. His dysfunctional family is partly to blame and he is constantly at loggerheads with his father. After one particularly bad spat his parents decide to carry out the threat they made some time previously and allowed to hang over their son. The young man is taken to a remote farm in a bleak mountainous region where cases like his are treated with hard physical labour. Except that nothing is run on the farm as it should be: the tutor in charge is completely out of it, drunk the whole time, allowing his three underage reprobates to do as they please. The severity of the depiction echoes the cruelty of their behaviour towards Matteo, as the teenagers subject him to various harrowing ordeals before accepting him as one of their own. Their emerging friendship ultimately becomes a matter of life and death. During one wild joyride into town Matteo makes a mistake that will change their lives forever.

Zdena Škapová

About the director

Simon Jaquemet

Simon Jaquemet (b. 1978, Zurich) grew up on a farm not far from Basel. From 2001 to 2005 he studied film direction at Zurich University of the Arts. He wrote the screenplay for his graduation film, likewise for his subsequent two short films, Block (2007) and Laura’s Party (2009), which were screened at more than thirty festivals. In addition he specialised in the music video genre and several of his pieces received domestic awards. He appeared in the credits as cameraman for a series of video art projects. War is his feature debut.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Simon Jaquemet
Screenplay: Simon Jaquemet
Dir. of Photography: Lorenz Merz
Editor: Christof Schertenleib
Art Director: Michael Baumgartner
Producer: Christian Davi, Thomas Thümena, Christof Neracher
Production: Hugofilm Productions
Coproduction: SRF Swiss Radio, TV/SRG SSR
Cast: Benjamin Lutzke, Ella Rumpf, Ste, Sascha Gisler
Sales: Picture Tree International


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