IFFR Live at Sarajevo

After four runs in Rotterdam, our unique live cinema event IFFR Live is ready to move abroad. On 11 August, Sarajevo Film Festival will screen the documentary film Chris the Swiss by Anja Kofmel. In IFFR Live fashion, the film will be screened simultaneously in nine different cinemas across Europe, including KINO Rotterdam, where visitors can participate in the live online Q&A session with the filmmaker. Last but not least, the film will also be streamed live on our online video platform IFFR Unleashed, so there’s really no reason to miss it!

Chris the Swiss is a part-animated documentary in which filmmaker Anja Komfel sets out to reconstruct the story of her cousin Chris, a young Swiss journalist whom she admired deeply as a little girl. Chris died in the middle of the Yugoslav Wars under mysterious circumstances, wearing the uniform of an international mercenary group. Now a grown-up woman, Komfel decides to investigate his story, trying to understand the extent of Chris’s involvement in the conflict. Watch the trailer right here.

We created IFFR Live in 2015 and since then the event has seen four successful editions. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, be sure to watch the IFFR Live recap videos of 2018. In short: it’s all about bringing a film beyond just one cinema theatre. It’s turning a single screening and subsequent Q&A into a global event in which anyone can participate, no matter their location – from the venue or from the comfort of your home through social media.

By collaborating with Sarajevo Film Festival, IFFR Live is moving beyond the twelve-day festival period of IFFR. In this way, we’re experimenting to see whether this distribution model is ripe for export so that collective worldwide cinema screenings can be experienced throughout the year.

The IFFR Live screening in KINO, Rotterdam is the film’s Dutch avant-premiere. Chris the Swiss will also screen at International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) in November 2018 as part of their Best of Fests programme.

Want to watch the film via IFFR Unleashed. Make sure you're ready at iffrunleashed.com/film/chris-the-swiss-live from 20:00 hours on 11 August. There you can watch the intro, the film and the subsequent Q&A in the same window.

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    Stills from Chris the Swiss

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IFFR Live is supported by Creative Europe - MEDIA.

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