Film special: Nikias Chryssos

November 30, 2016

Film special: Nikias Chryssos

The December film special in Cinecitta is definitely a surrealistic, dark and bizarre one! German-Greek director Nikias Chryssos will take you on a journey to unusual family worlds and horrifying abandoned locations. Two of his award winning films will be screened and Nikias is present for an interesting Q&A together with moderator Joyce van der Horst, Editor in Chief of Het Wereldpodium. 


A horror-comedy film and Chryssos' feature film directorial debut that had its world premiere at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. 
An ambitious student rents a windowless room in a bunker home somewhere deep in the forest. He seeks tranquility and solitude to focus on an important study but ends up as the teacher of peculiar boy Klaus who is home-schooled by his parents in this isolated bunker mansion. The young man gets involved in the family's dramas. Despite being German, Klaus is being prepared for a career as President of the United States.

The Bunker is a dark, twisted, horrifying yet funny tale about high aspirations, family and education in an unsettling environment. 


This surrealistic short film that was made before The Bunker, is about life and death and really defines Chrysoss´ tone of directing. The story is about a boy visiting his dying grandfather Werner, an avid collector of everything that once walked, crawled, swam or flew but is now dead hanging on the wall. The old man insists that they drink a psychedelic Indian potion together, have a tussle, discuss women and retrieve memories. They communicate as strangers and as the two generations are miles apart, the mansion serves as a symbolic farewell. 

The Grandfather is full of witty details and made up of images that you would normally only encounter in nightmares.


Nikias is a Berlin-based director and screenwriter. In 2005 he took part in the Berlinale Talent Campus and a Master Class program at UCLA in Los Angeles. His short film Down was screened at more than 60 film festivals. The Bunker has won several prices, including the Best Picture award at the La Mano Festival, Next Wave award for Best Film at Fantastic Fest and Prix du Jury and Prix du Jury de la Critique at the Festival Mauvais Genre. The Grandfather won the Orpheus Award for Best Short Film at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. 
Chryssos likes to construct a world into which the viewer can almost insert themselves, but that then ruptures: "Someone drifts off into a fantasy world, or (the real world) blurs into imaginary worlds."
He believes that humour is one of the most important components of a good film, whether it is a tragedy or a comedy. 


Ticket price: €9,50
Free entrance for ticket holders of the Incubate festival. 

Tickets are available at the door. 

Cinecitta movie theater, Willem II straat 29, Tilburg
Sunday December 11th 
13.00 - 15.00