Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Der Bunker

Year: 2015
Country: GERMANY
Run Time: 85 minutes

Der Bunker
Der Bunker
Der Bunker

When beginning work on your newest scholarly studies you need silence, solitude, and maybe a lake view. What you don’t need is a bunker in the middle of the German woods where the host family consists of a control-freak father and a mother who insists that the alien overlord living in her leg is preparing their child to be President of the United States (aliens, evidently, have a very loose interpretation of our nation’s laws). When a young nameless student is invited to the titular bunker for peace and quiet so he can begin his work, he unwittingly becomes tutor to Klaus, the host family’s eight-year-old son who looks more like a 30-year-old retired Oompa Loompa from a famous chocolate factory. DER BUNKER is a fascinating comedy with socio-analytical overtures while simultaneously being a psychological thriller with comedic timing. The longer he stays, the deeper Student gets into the family’s clutches and, thanks to the skillful direction of Nikias Chryssos, the audience finds itself just as entrenched. Creepy, gleefully acted, and the best kind of mad, DER BUNKER may be the one movie that makes you go home to learn your capital cities. (In German with subtitles) –T.W.

CIFF40 Screenings

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 at 9:00 PM

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 at 11:45 AM

New Direction Competition

Nikias Chryssos

Nikias Chryssos is a Greek-German director born near Heidelberg who studied production in England and directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Chryssos is also a co-founder of Kataskop Films, which co-produced DER BUNKER.


Nikias Chryssos, Hans W. Geissendorfer, Hana Geißendörfer

Nikias Chryssos

Matthias Reisser

Carsten Eder

Principal Cast
Pit Bukowski, Daniel Fripan, Oona von Maydell, David Scheller

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