Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CANNES: Artsploitation Films Acquires Bizarre German Film DER BUNKER

Artsploitation Films Fortifies Its Line-Up with DER BUNKER

Alternative North American film distribution company Artsploitation Films (www.artsploitation.com) has secured American rights to DER BUNKER, the wildly original German comedy which World Premiered at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival.

The film marks the directorial debut of German-born Nikias Chryssos and was a popular and critical hit at the festival with Exberliner.com calling it, "Funny, horrifying, theatrical, abstract, allegorical and mysterious.” The surrealistic and dark film is set entirely within a windowless bunker which houses a stern father, his swollen-legged wife and their precocious but learning-challenged son. A young graduate student (Pit Bukowski, Der Samurai) rents a room from them and begins to tutor the boy. And despite his obvious inability to remember the most basic knowledge, he is the darling of his doting but corporal punishment-loving parents who are grooming him to be president of the United States.

Artsploitation’s president Ray Murray says, “Der Bunker was so peculiar yet amazingly memorable, after acquiring a string of horror films, I felt we had to have this odd comedy. Reminiscent of the works of John Waters, David Lynch and Luis Buñuel, Chryssos creates a reality where conventional story-telling, and its accompanying logic, is left outside the steps, it will be a pleasure to present it to unsuspecting audiences!”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Ray and his team, and alongside their slate of exceptional titles” comments Xavier Henry-Rashid, Managing Director of Film Republic.

The film will receive a limited theatrical this fall with a DVD/Blu-ray and VOD slated for December, 2015. The deal was negotiated by Artsploitation’s Ray Murray and Film Republic’s Managing Director Xavier Henry-Rashid and Sales Executive Ameline Thomas on behalf of Kataskop Film and Geissendoerfer Film & Fernsehproduktion. 

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