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Movie Review – The Colony (2015)

The Colony, 2015.

Directed by Florian Gallenberger.

Starring Daniel Brühl, Emma Watson, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, Michael Nyqvist, Jeanne Werner, Martin Wuttke and August Zirner.

Synopsis:

After the 1973 Chilean coup d’état against President Salvador Allende, a young German political activist is kidnapped, and deported to the sealed-off hamlet ‘Colonia Dignidad.’ His wife voluntarily enters the village to rescue her husband, and discover it’s a cult ruled by malevolent fanatics.

Any film proclaiming to be based on a true story had best to do a just service to those affected, or to produce a highly subjective piece for a more visceral experience. Besides a proclamation of this ilk the film will have aficionados questioning the films legitimacy – either on its facts or on its ability to translate factoids to the cinematic medium. In short, filmmakers are wise to do their research. In the case of The Colony, this reviewer is
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Nettelbeck, Qurbani titles among Sommerhaus slate

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Nettelbeck, Qurbani titles among Sommerhaus slate
Exclusive: Features from Sandra Nettelbeck, Thomas Stuber, Caroline Link and Burhan Qurbani on slate for German outfit.

New features by Sandra Nettelbeck, Thomas Stuber, Burhan Qurbani and Oscar-winner Caroline Link are being lined up by the Ludwigsburg/Berlin-based production company Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, which was launched by producers Jochen Laube and Fabian Maubach at the end of last year with Beta Film’s Jan Mojto as partner.

The first project to go into production this year will be the melancholic romantic comedy What Does Not Kill Us (Was Uns Nicht Umbringt) by writer-director Sandra Nettelbeck in August with a cast including August Zirner, Sophie Rois, Christian Berkel, Bjarne Mädel and Jenny Schily.

The German-language film will mark Nettelbeck’s return to filmmaking in Germany after working abroad for more than ten years on films including Helen and Mr. Morgan’s Last Love. It will also link to the director’s internationally successful romantic comedy Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) with
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U.S. Trailer For ‘Colonia’ Starring Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl

Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall was the Chilean drama Colonia starring Mikael Nyqvist, Emma Watson, and Daniel Brühl, which follows a young couple who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Directed by Florian Gallenberger, it was picked up for a U.S. release by Screen Media Films and now we have the first U.S. trailer.

We said in our review, “Colonia ultimately falls prey to a desire for a concrete happy ending in the face of adversity. While the film’s exact conclusion works well in Argo because it’s the goal from the beginning, the airport chase here plays as an afterthought. We invest so much time in the compound and its oppression that turning the emotional drama of love into against-the-clock action feels disingenuous. Especially since not everyone survives the initial fight for freedom. How can we experience what should be
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Emma Watson Infiltrates a Cult in Intense Trailer for Colonia

It looks like Emma Watson has another solid looking film project for us to watch. It's called Colonia, and it's set in the '70s, and it tells the true story of a young woman who infiltrates a cult community to find her boyfriend. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty intense thriller.

The movie also stars Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds), Mikael Nyqvist (John Wick), Richenda Carey (Residue, Separate Lies), Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man), August Zirner (The Counterfeiters), and Martin Wuttke (Inglourious Basterds). Here’s the synopsis:

Chile, 1973. Lufthansa flight attendant Lena (Watson) is in Santiago to visit her boyfriend, Daniel (Brühl), a talented graphic artist creating images in support of embattled President Salvador Allende. When Allende is violently ousted, General Augusto Pinochet’s forces begin rounding up dissidents. Daniel is taken to the remote stronghold of Colonia Dignidad (“Dignity Colony”), home to a secret
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Trailer Hits for Colonia Starring Emma Watson

Yahoo! Movies has posted a new trailer for Colonia, starring Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Richenda Carey,Vicky Krieps, August Zirner, Martin Wuttke, and Mikael Nyqvist.

Film is set in Chile, 1973. Lufthansa flight attendant Lena (Watson) is in Santiago to visit her boyfriend, Daniel (Brühl), a talented graphic artist creating images in support of embattled President Salvador Allende. When Allende is violently ousted, General Augusto Pinochet’s forces begin rounding up dissidents. Daniel is taken to the remote stronghold of Colonia Dignidad (“Dignity Colony”), home to a secret agricultural commune and crypto-fascist sect led by sinister minister Paul Schäfer (Michael Nyqvist).

Daniel is interrogated and tortured, but feigns severe mental deterioration to stay alive. Valiant and wily, Lena travels to Colonia and offers herself up to Schäfer as a follower. She is determined to find and free Daniel — but first she must ensure that she herself can survive Schäfer’s crushingly oppressive,
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Watch Emma Watson in First 'Colonia' Trailer

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Watch Emma Watson in First 'Colonia' Trailer
Ahead of the film's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight, Emma Watson debuted the first trailer for Colonia on her Facebook page earlier today. The film doesn't have domestic distribution lined up at this time, but that could change after its world premiere screening tonight at Tiff. A chilling historical thriller, set in Chile in 1973, Colonia stars Emma Watson and Daniel Br&#252hl as lovers caught in the crossfire of a murderous military coup - and eventually interned in a dangerous cult's compound from which there seems to be no escape.

Lufthansa flight attendant Lena (Emma Watson) is in Santiago to visit her boyfriend, Daniel (Daniel Bruhl), a talented graphic artist creating images in support of embattled President Salvador Allende. When Allende is violently ousted, General Augusto Pinochet's forces begin rounding up dissidents. Daniel is taken to the remote stronghold of Colonia Dignidad ("Dignity Colony"), home
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New image from Colonia featuring Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl

With principal photography wrapping, a new image from Oscar-winning filmmaker Florian Gallenberger’s latest offering Colonia has arrived online, featuring Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Daniel Bruhl (Rush)…

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Colonia tells the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple, who 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.

Colonia is set for release in October, with a cast that also includes Mikael Nyqvist (John Wick), Richenda Carey (Separate Lies), Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man), Julian Ovenden
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Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl thriller Colonia wraps shoot

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Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl thriller Colonia wraps shoot
Florian Gallenberger’s thriller is set during the Chilean military coup of 1973.

Florian Gallenberger’s Colonia, starring Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl has wrapped principal photography after 47 days of shooting in Luxembourg, Munich, Berlin and South America.

It marks Watson’s first lead role since Harry Potter. Alongside Brühl and Mikael Nyqvist, the supporting cast includes Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, Julian Ovenden, August Zirner and Martin Wuttke.

The film tells the story of Lena (Watson) and Daniel (Brühl), a young couple, who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973.

When Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police, 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 (Nyqvist) but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel.

Benjamin Herrmann produced
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Beta picks up thriller Colonia

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Beta picks up thriller Colonia
Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Nyqvist star in thriller.

Beta Cinema has picked up sales to director Florian Gallenberger’s anticipated thriller Colonia starring Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl and Mikael Nyqvist.

Production outfit Majestic are currently shooting in Germany and will move to South America later this year.

The film is due for release in October 2015.

“Florian’s script is a real page turner and the first rushes are more than promising. We can’t wait to introduce the film to buyers at this week’s Afm,“ stated Beta Cinema’s Dirk Schürhoff.

UTA Independent Film Group will be co-representing domestic rights.

Producer Benjamin Herrmann commented: “The combined powers of Beta Cinema and UTA are perfect for this suspense-filled international thriller, which is inspired by true events. We are excited to be working together on Colonia”.

Gallenberger’s script, co-written with Torsten Wenzel, tells the story of Lena (Emma Watson) and Daniel (Daniel Brühl), a young couple
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First Look At Emma Watson In ‘Colonia Dignidad’

It’s not long till political thriller Colonia Dignidad hits cinemas, but you can get a sneak peak ahead of its release with this image. This still shows Emma Watson in a tense scene with Mikael Nyqvist (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol).

Colonia Dignidad follows young German couple Lena (Watson) and Daniel (Daniel Brühl), who get caught up in the 1973 Chilean coup. When Daniel is kidnapped by Pinochet’s secret police and bundled off to a secret detention centre, Lena must track him down and try to rescue him. Although the centre operates as a “charitable mission” run by a preacher (Nyqvist), this is just a front. The only way for Lena to infiltrate the prison is to sign up to the creepy cult. We assume this might be the scene above?

Florian Gallenberger directs Colonia Dignidad, while Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, Martin Wuttke and August Zirner also star.
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Casting Net: Mark Rylance to play Bfg in Spielberg adaptation

Mark Rylance will play the title role in The Bfg, director Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel. The story follows a young girl, the Queen of England, and a giant, called the Bfg, who set out to capture the evil, man-eating giants who are taking over the human world. DreamWorks acquired the book in 2010. Melissa Mathison adapted it for the screen. Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Sam Mercer are producing. Kathleen Kennedy will executive produce with John Madden and Michael Siegel. Kristie Macosko Krieger and Adam Somner are co-producers. Disney will release the film on July 1, 2016 in the U.
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First Look at Emma Watson in Cult Thriller 'Colonia'

First Look at Emma Watson in Cult Thriller 'Colonia'
Majestic Filmproduktion has released a photo from the upcoming drama Colonia, featuring our first look at Emma Watson and Michael Nyqvist.

Colonia tells the story of Lena (Emma Watson) and Daniel (Daniel Br&#252hl), a young couple who 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 Sch&#228fer (Michael Nyqvist) but, in fact, it is a place nobody has ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel.

Florian Gallenberger (John Rabe) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Torsten Wenzel, with a supporting cast that includes Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, August Zirner and Martin Wuttke.

Production recently wrapped in Luxembourg, with filming now moving on
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Emma Watson Is in Mikael Nyqvist’s Grasp in First Image from Cult Thriller Colonia

The first image from director Florian Gallenberger’s thriller Colonia has been released, giving us our first look at Emma Watson in the film. Based on the true story of the Colonia Dignidad, the film revolves around a young couple, played by Watson and Daniel Brühl, who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. When Brühl’s character is abducted by the secret police, Watson’s character tracks him down to a sealed off area in the South known as Colonia Dignidad that is inhabited by a cult, lead by Mikael Nyqvist’s Paul Schäfer. She subsequently joins the cult in order to find her husband. This is certainly a very different kind of film for Watson, and indeed this first look image teases a rather tense relationship between her character and Nyqvist’s. Production recently wrapped in Luxembourg and now moves on to Germany before finishing up in South America later this year.
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First Look: Emma Watson in “Colonia”

She’s never been afraid of a challenge, and Emma Watson's latest role finds her in the middle of a cult in 1973.

The “Perks of Being a Wallflower” actress stars alongside Daniel Bruhl, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps and August Zirner in “Colonia,” slated to release in October 2015.

Emma plays the role of Lena, “a young woman whose husband is abducted by Pinochet's secret police during the 1973 Chilean military coup d'etat. Lena must join a dangerous cult in the sealed-off Colonia Dignidad area in order to rescue him.”

“Colonia” is directed by Academy Award-winner Florian Gallenberger and recently wrapped up filming in Luxembourg. Watson will now relocate to Germany before finishing in South America.
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Emma Watson can’t escape Mikael Nyqvist’s grip in 'Colonia' first look

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Emma Watson can’t escape Mikael Nyqvist’s grip in 'Colonia' first look
Fresh off his bloody beating in Keanu Reeves’ gun-fu action movie “John Wick,” Deadline announced that Mikael Nyqvist has joined the cast of Florian Gallenberger's directorial debut “Colonia.” With the announcement comes the first still to make its way off the active set, a rather creepy glimpse at Emma Watson’s next role. Breathe, “Harry Potter” Tumblr contingent! It’s just a movie. As reported last month, Watson and Daniel Brühl star as a young German couple who find themselves swept up in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Abducted by When Pinochet’s secret police abduct Daniel (Brühl), Lena (Watson) follows his trail to “Colonia Dignidad,” a charitable mission run by a lay preacher (Nyqvist). Or she thinks it’s a charitable. Turns out the sealed-off village is part prison, part cult commune. No one who enters leaves. Thus, the face-holding in the still above. Gallenberger makes the jump
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First Look at Emma Watson in Period Drama 'Colonia'

Majestic Filmproduktion released a first look picture from Colonia, the just-began-filming period drama starring Emma Watson, Michael Nyqvist (John Wick) and Daniel Bruhl for Oscar-winning short film director Florian Gallenberger. The film tells the story of Lena (Watson) and Daniel (Bruhl), a young couple, who 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 Schafer (Nyqvist) but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel. Richenda Carey (Separate Lies), Vicky Krieps (A Most Wanted Man), August Zirner (The Counterfeiters) and Martin Wuttke (Inglourious Basterds) co-star The film just wrapped production in Luxembourg, and now moves to Germany, before the shoot is
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First Look: Emma Watson In Thriller 'Colonia'

Cameras are rolling on "Colonia," an upcoming '70s set thriller. Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl lead the cast in Florian Gallenberger's film, taking place in the midst of the Chilean military coup of 1973. The first image has arrived, and below you can find the press release with further details on the cast and plot synopsis. Berlin, Germany (October 27, 2014) - Majestic has released the first look image for Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Florian Gallenberger’s Colonia, featuring Emma Watson alongside the latest addition to the cast, Mikael Nyqvist (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Trilogy, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”, “John Wick”). The captivating Swedish actor takes the role of Paul Schäfer, lay preacher and leader of the infamous Colonia Dignidad. Also joining Emma Watson and co-star Daniel Brühl, are Richenda Carey (“Separate Lies”), Vicky Krieps (“A Most Wanted Man”), August Zirner (“The Counterfeiters”) and Martin Wuttke...
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Emma Watson first look in Colonia

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Emma Watson first look in Colonia
Mikael Nyqvist joins Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl in Chilean drama.

German production house Majesic has released the first image and new cast details Florian Gallenberger’s drama Colonia, starring Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Mikael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, August Zirner and Martin Wuttke have joined the cast of the film about a young couple, Daniel and Lena, who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973.

When Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police, 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 (Nyqvist) but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel.

Having wrapped in Luxembourg, production now moves to Germany, before the shoot is completed in South America later this year
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Michael Nyqvist Joins Emma Watson In ‘Colonia': First Look Photo

Michael Nyqvist Joins Emma Watson In ‘Colonia': First Look Photo
Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl will be joined by Mikael Nyqvist (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) in German helmer Florian Gallenberger’s period pic Colonia. The short film Oscar winner just wrapped in Luxembourg with the production now moving to Germany. The shoot will conclude in South America later this year. The thriller is inspired by true events and sees Brühl’s Daniel and Watson’s Lena entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. When Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police, Lena tracks him to a sealed-off area called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by a lay preacher (Nyqvist), but is in fact a place from which no one has ever escaped. In order to find her beloved, Lena decides to join the cult. Also just added to the cast are Richenda Carey (Separate Lies), Vicky Krieps
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Global Screen boards Kreuzpaintner comedy

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Global Screen boards Kreuzpaintner comedy
Global Screen has picked up sales rights to German rom-com Coming In from Marco Kreuzpaintner.

Marco Kreuzpaintner’s (Summer Storm, Trade) latest effort tells the story of a gay hairdresser who falls in love with a female beauty parlor owner.

Kostja Ullmann and Aylin Tezel star alongside Ken Duken, August Zirner and Katja Riemann.

The film is a Summerstorm Entertainment production, in co-production with Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany and in cooperation with Bavaria Film Partners.

Producers are Gabriela Bacher, Christoph Müller and Christian Angermayer of Summerstorm’s parent company Film House Germany.

Warner Bros. will be releasing the film in the autumn in Germany.
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