Jesus Egon Christus

Jesus Egon Christ
Somewhere on the outskirts of Berlin, a self-proclaimed priest is preaching to a group of people with addiction and mental-health problems in a run-down building that houses a psychosocial support group. A recent arrival at the facility, which aims to be both a home and a religious community for its residents, is Egon, who is struggling with a psychotic disorder. He cannot sleep, refuses to help on the farm, won’t wash, and has trouble following the priest’s instructions. More than once, the pastor crosses a line and humiliates his charges. For most people here, turning to religion is something of a last chance, affording them some kind of support. Egon, however, claims to have conversations with Jesus in which the latter condones his defiant behaviour. His attempt to take the Messiah at his word and understand his miracles eventually propels Egon deeper and deeper into his psychosis.
Through Egon’s eyes, directing duo David and Saša Vajda depicts a community of careworn and scarred fellow sufferers whose stories make tangible the terrible reality behind the film’s fiction. An intimate observational drama about a group of heroin addicts in withdrawal and the loneliness of psychosis.
by David Vajda, Saša Vajda
with Paul Arámbula, Sascha Alexander Geršak, Roxanna Stewens, Benjamin Stein, Zora Schemm, Angelo Martone
Germany 2021 German 51’ Colour

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


  • Paul Arámbula (Egon)
  • Sascha Alexander Geršak (The Pastor)
  • Roxanna Stewens (Jenny)
  • Benjamin Stein (Ben)
  • Zora Schemm (Pinky)
  • Angelo Martone (Angelo)


Written and Directed byDavid Vajda, Saša Vajda
CinematographyAntonia Lange
EditingDavid Vajda, Saša Vajda, Benjamin Mirguet
Sound DesignJan Brett
SoundMax Hartstang
Production DesignLili Avar, Christina Chelaru
CostumesChristina Schmitt
Make-UpSaskia Wegner
Assistant DirectorGeorg Mikis Rees
CastingDavid Vajda, Saša Vajda
Production ManagerMilena Flemisch
ProducerDavid Vajda

David Vajda

Born in Munich, Germany in 1989, he studied philosophy at University College, London and international politics at the University of Cambridge. His literary and journalistic writing has featured in publications including “The Guardian”, the literary magazine “Edit”, the “FT Magazine” and the magazine “Reportagen”. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

Filmography (co-director: Saša Vajda)

2017 Hunny Bunny; short film 2021 Jesus Egon Christus; medium-length film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021

Saša Vajda

Born in Munich, Germany in 1986. After graduating with a philosophy degree from the Sorbonne in Paris, he has worked as a freelance photographer, writer and filmmaker. He has worked on a documentary for the BBC about refugees. His photographs have featured in publications such as the quarterly magazine “Dummy”.

Filmography (co-director: David Vajda)

2017 Hunny Bunny; short film 2021 Jesus Egon Christus; medium-length film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021