Film Info: COLONIA


photo © Majestic Film/Ricardo Vaz Palma

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 , born in 1972, appeared in various roles in feature films, TV productions and theater plays from the age of five. From 1992-1999, he studied Directing at the University of Television & Film in Munich. In 2001, he won an Oscar® for his graduation film QUIERO SER (short, 2001). His other films include SHADOWS OF TIME (SCHATTEN DER ZEIT, 2004), JOHN RABE (2009), and COLONIA (2015).
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/Berlin, in co-production with Iris Productions/Luxembourg, Rat Pack Filmproduktion/Munich, REZO Productions, Fred Films Colonia
Length 110 min
Original Version
Festivals Toronto 2015, Zurich 2015, Edinburgh 2016, Shanghai 2016
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, MEDIA, Luxembourg Film Fund
German Distributor Majestic Filmverleih/Berlin

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