The Bunker

Germany, 2015


Kataskop Film, Geissendörfer Film, Fernsehproduktion KG, 85mins

DCP, 1:2.35

Dolby 5.1


Berlinale, CPH:PIX, Mauvais Genre FF, Neuchâtel Fantastic, TIFF


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In search of peace and quiet in order to concentrate on a mysterious piece of work, a student rents a room in the home of a small family. His hosts give him a warm welcome, yet after a while, the parents coerce him into becoming the tutor to their eight-year-old son Klaus who has been home-schooled by his father. A highly neurotic relationship structure comes to the surface, under which young Klaus suffers the most. Unable to cope with the high expectations of his parents, he has no time to play or to enjoy being a child. When the student begins to side with Klaus and stands up to his domineering parents, the situation threatens to spiral out of control in a microcosm in which Der Bunker creates a world of its own somewhere between an absurd comedy, a horror film, a melodrama and a B movie.

Cast & Crew

Producer - Nikias Chryssos

Screenwriter - Nikias Chryssos

Co-Producer - Hans W. Geissendörfer, Hana Geissendörfer

Featuring - Pit Bukowski (Student), Daniel Fripan (Klaus), Oona von Maydell (Mother), David Scheller (Father)

Cinematographer - Matthias Reisser

Music - Leonard Petersen

Costume Design - Henrike Naumann

Nikias Chryssos

Nikias Chryssos


Nikias Chryssos is an award-winning director & writer based in Berlin, Germany. He was born near Heidelberg in 1978 to Greek-German parents. Nikias studied Film & Video Production in England and directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg. He is an alumnus of the Residence du Festival de Cannes, the Berlinale Talents, the Karl Steinbuch Scholarship, the Saatchi & Saatchi New German Directors Showcase and the Masterclass The Hollywood Perspective at the UCLA, California. His films have been screened at festivals such as Berlinale, Tribeca, Rotterdam and Oberhausen and received numerous international awards. In 2012, he founded the production company Kataskop Film and produced and directed his first feature film Der Bunker in co-production with Geissendorfer Film (Berberian Sound Studio, Uncle Bonmee). The film premiered at Berlin International Film Festival and picked up the Next Wave Award for Best Film at Fantastic Fest, USA, as well as awards in France, Brazil, and Spain.