Chrieg by Simon Jaquemet

Matteo is fifteen, a fragile boy. He runs into the woods carrying his baby brother. It‘s a desperate attempt to strike back at his oppressive father. The parents’ punishment for kidnapping the baby: three months of hard work on a remote farm. On arrival, three hostile teenagers grab Matteo and lock him into a dog cage. The farmer, who was supposed to take care of the kids, has lost control. Anton, an unpredictably aggressive boy, is now in charge. He has given shelter to two other troubled, angry teenagers: Dion, a boy from Serbia, and Ali, a girl with a shaved head. Matteo is their dog. He earns their respect only when he starts to stand up against them. He joins them on a mission: they drive down to the city. A feverish night full of violence and destruction. Their own war. Their own revenge against grown-ups. Against everything. Matteo gets stronger, learns to fight and falls in love with Ali. He’s finally part of the pack. The farm is their perfect hide-out, but there is no more going back.

Title Chrieg
Type Library titles
Genre Drama
Category Feature Film
Format DCP
Running Time 108 min
Starring

Benjamin Lutzke
"Ste"
Ella Rumpf
Gisler Sascha
John Leuppi
Livia S. Reinard

Directed by Simon Jaquemet
Produced by

Christof Neracher
Christian Davi

Nationality Switzerland
Original title Chrieg
Release year 2014

News

Picture Tree wird Verleiher

Der mehrfach ausgezeichnete Jugendthriller "Chrieg" von Regisseur Simon Jaquemet wird am 28. April in Deutschland starten. Damit erweitert Picture Tree International GmbH sein Kerngeschäft und wertet in Zusammenarbeit mit Dèjá-vu-Film erstmals einen Spielfilm im Kino aus.

Picture-Tree-Geschäftsführer Andreas Rothbauer: „Wir wollen mit ‚Chrieg' und auch ‚Jack Unterweger' erste Erfahrungen als Filmvermarkter in Deutschland gewinnen. Das Kerngeschäft wird klar der internationale Vertrieb bleiben, wobei wir uns von Fall zu Fall entscheiden werden, bei welchem Projekt wir als Verleiher auftreten können. Gerade im Independent-Bereich glauben wir, dass diese flexible Integrationsbewegung zwischen Lizenzhandel und Verleih langfristig und für speziellere Filme Sinn machen kann.“ 

CHRIEG wins Max Ophüls Award

The main prize of the 2015 Max Ophüls Film Festival was awarded to Simon Jaquemet for his debut feature CHRIEG on 24 January. Being one of the most important distinctions for young German-speaking filmmakers, the award comes with a prize money of 36,000 Euros, which is to be split between the director, the producer and the German distributor of the film. And the main award was not the only prize given to CHRIEG during the awards ceremony in Saarbrücken: leading actor Benjamin Lutzke received the Best Actor Award for his “outstanding acting debut that nobody who has seen it will forget that easily” (from the jury statement). Our heartfelt congratulations to Simon and Benjamin as well as their producers at Hugofilm!

CHRIEG recently won both the Jury Prize and Best Actor Award at Marrakech International Film Festival. The film celebrated its world premiere in the New Directors Competition at San Sebastián before going on to screen at Zurich, São Paulo, Torino, Marrakech, Saarbrücken and Solothurn. It will be released theatrically in Switzerland by First Hand Films in spring 2015.

Photo: ©Sebastian Woithe / MOP

CHRIEG to open the Feature Competition at Max Ophüls Preis

Simon Jaquemet’s CHRIEG will open the prestigious Feature Film Competition of the 36th Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken. Set to run from 19th to 25th January 2015, the festival focuses on the works of young German-speaking directors. CHRIEG is one of 16 feature films competing for a total of seven awards, among them the Max Ophüls Award, the Fritz Raff Screenplay Award and the Audience Award. The screening in Saarbrücken on 20th January will be the film’s German Premiere.

CHRIEG recently won both the Jury Prize and Best Actor Award at Marrakech International Film Festival. The film celebrated its world premiere in the New Directors Competition at San Sebastián before going on to screen at Zurich, São Paulo, Torino and Marrakech. It will be released theatrically in Switzerland by First Hand Films in spring 2015.

CHRIEG wins Jury Prize and Best Actor Award at Marrakech

Simon Jaquemet’s debut feature CHRIEG was awarded two major prizes at the 14th Marrakech International Film Festival. The Jury, with president of the jury Isabelle Huppert and jury members Ritesh Batra, Bertrand Bonello, Mélanie Laurent, Mario Martone, Cristian Mungiu, Alan Rickman and Moumen Smihi, awarded its Jury Prize to CHRIEG, while Benjamin Lutzke won the award for Best Performance by an Actor for his screen debut. Our warmest congratulations to Simon and Benjamin on this wonderful recognition!

CHRIEG was produced by Christian Davi, Christof Neracher and Thomas Thümena for Hugofilm and celebrated its world premiere in the New Directors Competition at San Sebastián before going on to screen at Zurich, São Paulo, Torino and Marrakech. It will be released theatrically in Switzerland by First Hand Films in spring 2015.