Simon Jaquemet (*1978) studied Film at Zurich University of the Arts. He graduated in 2005 with the short film DIE BURG (THE FORTRESS). Since then he has been working as a freelance director, author and producer. After university he worked primarily as the director and producer of adverts and music videos and also shot his own short films. Simon Jaquement’s short films were shown at various international short film festivals. His music videos received multiple awards, among them the Swiss Award for Advertisement Films EDI.
His debut feature film as director and author, CHRIEG, was premiered at the International Film Festival San Sebastián and was invited to various international festivals, among them the Berlinale (Perspektive Deutsches Kino), the São Paulo Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, Marrakech Film Festival, and Max Ophüls Film Festival, were CHRIEG was awarded the renowned Max Ophüls Award, as well as the award for Best New Actor. Furthermore, CHRIEG was awarded the Jury Prize and the Award for Best Actor at Marrakech Film Festival and the Swiss Film Award for Best Camera.
Something changes when Ruth sees a man she seems to know. A long time ago she was in love with him. He spent twenty years in prison for a murder he never confessed.
This man haunts Ruth’s life, like a phantom from the past. He seems to circle her in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to claim his place with her again.
Ruth is married with two teenage daughters and owns a house in a small town. She and her husband are members of a congregational church. Ruth works as a veterinarian at a medical research institution. She assists in a complex operation, where the head of a rhesus monkey is transplanted onto the body of another monkey.
Ruth is torn between her wish to maintain her well-ordered life and the destructive attraction of her former lover. A gate to the underworld has opened and Ruth begins to investigate. She dives into the dark ocean, which undermines the shaky foundations of her convictions. The forest holds secrets, her daughter leads a double life, the monkey is suffering and God’s voice is not answering her.
Ruth prepares herself to leave her home, her family, and her faith behind.