Film - New German Cinema Filmfest 2021


Directed by Nikias Chryssos


Director: Nikias Chryssos
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany, Greece
Year: 2019
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Sam Louwyck, Claude Heinrich, Greta Bohacek, Daniel Sträßer, Daniel Fripan


Belgian actor Sam Louwyk plays the leader of a bizarre cult with a fetish for cleanliness and purity.

“A girl emerged from dirt and soil, different from all the others. Her teeth were white as snow. Her name was Hygeia.” This story is told by the orphans who were taken to a remote Greek island by a mysterious cult leader called Fust. Among them are Irina and Paul, two siblings who live in the dirty basement underneath the immaculate villa of their “savior.” There they make a special soap that promises absolute purity to the cult members as a sacrament. When Fust takes notice of Irina and has her move in with him, the siblings are separated for the first time in their lives. Irina is intoxicated by the new power she receives through Fust. She doesn’t notice how Fust is preparing his cruel endgame, in which he has assigned her the pivotal role of Hygeia: she is to rid the world of filth. Paul promises the other children of the basement that he will take up the fight against the powerful manipulator. Dirt must defeat purity, in contrast to what the mystery play prophesizes. Things turn violent.

You can buy tickets for the screening at the associated cinema ASTOR Filmlounge im ARRI here.

Meet the director


Nikias Chryssos

Nikias Chryssos was born near Heidelberg in 1978. He began his career working for film and TV productions in Munich. He then studied film and video production in England and directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. During his studies, he was selected as one of six international filmmakers for the Résidence du Festival de Cannes in Paris. His short films DOWN (2003), HOCHHAUS (2006), and DER GROSSVATER (2009) were screened at the Berlinale, Tribeca, Rotterdam, Oberhausen and other festivals and received various international awards. In 2012 he founded Kataskop Filmproduktion and co-produced his first feature film, the multiple award-winning drama DER BUNKER (2015), with Geissendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion. A PURE PLACE, which was shot in Greece, is his second feature film.


Screenplay: Nikias Chryssos, Lars Henning Jung
Director of Photography: Yoshi Heimrath
Film Editor: Carsten Eder, Stephan Bechinger
Composer: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre
Production Designer: Marcel Beranek
Costume Design: Anna Wübber
Sound: Marc Parisotto
Sound design: Oliver Achatz, Fundemental
Make-up artist: Stefanie Heiss
Casting director: Stefany Pohlmann, Anna Walcher
Producer: Alexis von Wittgenstein
Production Company: Violet Pictures
Co-Producer: Kostas Lambropoulos
Co-Production Company: View Master Films
World Sales: ARRI Media International
Distributor: Koch Films GmbH
Editor: Burkhard Althoff
TV channel: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)