Caroline Hamann, Fritz Penzlin
Germany, 2020 / 7’30

Criss Cross is a film about love and borders. Which is stronger?  An unfortunate chain of events motivates a couple in love to try and defy the obstacles between them. Can they be overcome? Or might digging deeper be a better solution? And just when you think it’s getting easier, bureaucracy and the past get in the way!

Direction: Caroline Hamann, Fritz Penzlin
Script: Caroline Hamann, Fritz Penzlin 
Animators: Caroline Hamann, Fritz Penzlin
Editing: Stefan Urlass
Soundtrack: Fritz PenzlinMusic, Andreas Pröhl, Thomas Suessmair
Production: Caroline Hamann
Technique used: Cut Out Paper Stop Motion Animation


Caroline Hamann

Fritz Penzlin

Caroline Hamann has been working in Stop-Motion Animation since 2004. After completing a BA Honours in Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts, London, she went on to start her Animation career on Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. She has since worked on many different animation projects around the world, including Academy-Award nominees and winners of the Grimme-Preis in Germany. Caroline mainly works as a director, producer, story artist and animator. She is based in Munich.

Fritz Penzlin is a passionate Animator. After a career in music, he went on to study Animation at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen ‘Konrad Wolf’ and graduated successfully with a diploma in Animation.Whilst at university, he already began working as a stop-motion Animator and after graduation continued to do so, animating on many award-winning feature films, TV series, short films as well as commercials. Fritz is also a practising musician and composer. He lives in Berlin.

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