Highlighting: Filmmaker Nikias Chryssos (Tower Block and Der Bunker)

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Remember the interview I did for QFest back in July with filmmaker Scud? (click for post) Well, that got the attention of a Munich-based film production company (Deutsche Exotik Filmproduktion) which focuses on independent and art-house films – They asked if I would be interested in interviewing director Nikias Chryssos whose first film Tower Block about a young boy who lives with his sadistic,17 year-old, tormenting brother in the slums of Germany, did well on the festival circuit.

Chryssos latest project is called Der Bunker,  it deals with education, excessive demands & mental overload. Nikias approaches these topics in his very own style - playful, artistic and at times bizarre - which can be kind of compared the the 2009 Cannes-winner and Oscar-nominated Dogtooth.

If you'd like to check out Tower Block (Hochhaus) The full movie (ca. 40 Minutes) is available on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/4508205

Here's also a link to the production blog for Der Bunker: derbunker.deutsche-exotik.de

Nikias and the Deutsche Exotik crew would be over-joyed to received support on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1688807272/the-bunker

(Note: the cinematic scenes in the above Kickstarter video were shot as moods. They feature the actual actors but are not part of the actual film, which they hope to be able to shoot this Spring 2012.)

Feedback on this filmmaker/films is always welcome!

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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