Der Bunker

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Der Bunker
Der Bunker 2015 film poster.jpg
Directed by Nikias Chryssos
Produced by Nikias Chryssos
Hans W. Geissendoerfer
Hana Geissendoerfer
Written by Nikias Chryssos
Starring Pit Bukowski
Daniel Fripan
Oona von Maydell
David Scheller
Music by Leonard Petersen
Cinematography Matthias Reisser
Edited by Carsten Eder
Kataskop Film
Geissendoerfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion KG
Distributed by Artsploitation
Release date
  • February 7, 2015 (2015-02-07) (BIFF)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Der Bunker is a 2015 German horror-comedy film by Nikias Chryssos as his feature film directorial debut. The film had its world premiere on 7 February 2015 at the Berlin International Film Festival and will be released to DVD, Blu-Ray, and VOD, alongside a limited theatrical release, in December of the same year.[1]

Filming for Der Bunker took place in an abandoned house in Kleinmachnow and of the film, Chryssos has stated that despite the film's absurd nature it is also a serious film, which he felt was personalized in the characters of Klaus and the Student.[2][3]


The film centers upon a nameless student (Pit Bukowski) who has rented a room at a lake-side home with the expectation that he will find peace and quiet. However, when he arrives, he finds that the room was far from what he was expecting, as the home is actually a bunker, but he chooses to stay despite this. Soon after, his bizarre landlords (Oona von Maydell and David Scheller) begin to insist that he tutor their son Klaus (Daniel Fripan), who they believe will become President of the United States, despite being born in Germany. Stranger still is their insistence that an alien lives within the mother's leg and that Klaus is only 8 years old, despite looking far older.



Critical reception has been positive and Collider felt that the movie was "A unique piece of work, Der Bunker is twisted yet engaging, abstract and parabolic, funny yet flippant."[4][5][6] The Hollywood Reporter praised the film, writing "Though the story’s anything but realistic, this doesn’t mean that it has nothing to say; Chryssos’s well-paced screenplay suggests something, for example, about the dangers of burdening a child with unrealistic expectations, such as the parents’ insistence on Klaus’s preparation for his future in the White House (the fact he’s a German citizen is the least of this kid’s problems, as Klaus can’t even remember the capitals of Belgium and France)."[7] Exberliner also praised the film, calling it "Funny, horrifying, theatrical, abstract, allegorical, and mysterious."[8]


  • Next Wave Award for Best Film at Fantastic Fest (2015, won)
  • Prix du Jury at the Mauvais Genre Film Festival (2015, won)[6]
  • Prix du Jury de la Critique at the Mauvais Genre Film Festival (2015, won)[6]
  • Jury Award for Best Actor - International Film at the Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival (2015, won - Daniel Fripan)[9]
  • Honorable Mention at Lund International Fantastic Film Festival (2015, won)
  • Best Director at Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival (2015, won)
  • Best Film at La Mano Festival (2016, won)


  1. ^ Logan, Elizabeth. "Arstploitation Films Acquires Bizarre German Comedy 'Der Bunker'". Indiewire. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Wilder Mann, Patrick. "Berlinale Auf Skurrilitätensuche". Der Taggesspiegel. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Berndt, Christian. ""Perspektive Deutsches Kino" auf der BerlinaleSpannungsvoll und sehr verspielt". Deutschlandradio Kultur. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Wilder Mann, Patrick. "Berlinale: Perspektive Deutsches Kino Kellerzimmer mit Seeblick". Der Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Löser, Claus. "Deutsches Kino auf der BerlinaleGefangen im Familiendickicht". Berliner Zeitung. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c SOGHOMONIAN, TALIA. "Wunderbar! Germany Invades Mauvais Genre Festival in France". Collider. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  7. ^ van Hoeij, Boyd. "'The Bunker' ('Der Bunker'): Berlin Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Knight, Ben. "The Berlinale Blog: How to make a good German movie". Exberliner. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Ortiz Garcia, Eric. "Fantaspoa 2015 Dispatch: Award Winners Include STUNG And THE INCIDENT". Twitch Film. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 

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