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The Chilean coup of 1973. The masses are out on the street, protesting against General Pinochet. Amongst them, Daniel and Lena, a young couple, which, like many others, gets arrested by Pinochet's secret police.

Shortly thereafter, Daniel finds himself trapped in a secret interrogation camp located underground, beneath the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a German sect following the leadership of the notorious Paul Schäfer. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission but, in fact, it is a place nobody ever escaped from. Desperate to rescue her boyfriend, Lena joins the mysterious cult, hoping to find Daniel there and make their way out. They eventually embark on a dramatic escape.

Based on true events.

Florian Gallenberger was born in Munich in 1972. He studied at the renowned University of Television and Film in Munich. With his thesis film QUIERO SER (2000) Gallenberger received the Honorary Foreign Film Award at the Student Academy Awards® and an Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film. His debut feature SHADOWS OF TIME (2004) won the Bavarian Film Award for Best New Director. His second feature, JOHN RABE (2009) premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and received two Bavarian Film Awards and four German Film Awards, including Best Film. His third feature film, COLONIA (2015) received the Bavarian Film Award for Best Film and was nominated for five German Film Awards. Gallenberger is also a professor at the University of Television and Film in Munich.
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Florian Gallenberger
Screenplay Florian Gallenberger, Torsten Wenzel
Cinematography Kolja Brandt
Cast Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, Julian Ovenden, August Zirner, Martin Wuttke
Producer Benjamin Herrmann
Co-Producers Nicolas Steil, Christian Becker, James Spring
Production Company Majestic Filmproduktion, in co-production with Iris Productions/Luxembourg, Rat Pack Filmproduktion, REZO Productions, Fred Films Colonia
Length 110 min
Original Version
Festivals Toronto 2015, Zurich 2015, Edinburgh 2016, Shanghai 2016, Les Arcs 2017
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, MEDIA, Luxembourg Film Fund
German Distributor Majestic Filmverleih

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