Lena and Daniel, a young couple become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel. Based on true events.
Colonia is a thriller directed by Oscar-winner Florian Gallenberger, produced by Benjamin Herrmann, written by Torsten Wenzel and Gallenberger. The film stars Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl and Michael Nyqvist. The film is set against the backdrop of the Chilean military coup and the real “Colonia Dignidad”, a notorious cult in the South of Chile, lead by German lay preacher Paul Schäfer.
Principal photography began on 2 October 2014 in Luxembourg; filming also took place in Germany and Argentina. It was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
The principal photography on the film began on 2 October 2014 in Luxembourg, where it was shot in Haut Martelange near to Rambrouch on the Luxembourg-Belgium border. Filming in Luxembourg lasted through end of October, and then the production moved to Germany for further shoot in Munich and Berlin. It was also shot in Buenos Aires until early 2015.
Directed by: Florian Gallenberger
Starring: Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, Jeanne Werner, Julian Ovenden, Martin Wuttke, Lucila Gandolfo, Katharina Müller-Elmau
Screenplay by: Torsten Wenzel, Florian Gallenberger
Production Design by: Bernd Lepel
Cinematography by: Kolja Brandt
Film Editing by: Hansjörg Weißbrich
Costume Design by: Nicole Fischnaller
Set Decoration by: Agostina De Francesco, Sylvia Kasel
Music by: André Dziezuk, Fernando Velázquez
Studio: Screen Media Films
Release Date: April 15, 2016