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|Directed by||Florian Gallenberger|
|Edited by||Hansjörg Weißbrich|
|Box office||$3.62 million|
Colonia, also known as The Colony, is a 2015 historical romantic thriller film directed by Florian Gallenberger, produced by Benjamin Herrmann, written by Torsten Wenzel and Gallenberger, and starring Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, and Michael Nyqvist. The film is set against the backdrop of the 1973 Chilean military coup and the real "Colonia Dignidad", a notorious cult in the South of Chile, led by German lay preacher Paul Schäfer. The film is an international co-production of companies in the United Kingdom, Germany, Luxembourg, and France.
Principal photography began on 2 October 2014 in Luxembourg; filming also took place in Germany and Argentina. The film held its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in the Special Presentations section. The film was released in Germany on 18 February 2016, in the United Kingdom on 1 July 2016, and in France on 20 July 2016.
In 1973, Daniel and Lena, a young German couple, become entangled in a Chilean military coup at a time when supporters of deposed President Salvador Allende are getting rounded up by the military under General Augusto Pinochet. When Daniel is abducted by Pinochet's secret police DINA, Lena tries to find and save her boyfriend. She tracks him to a sealed-off organization called "Colonia Dignidad", which presents itself as a charitable mission run by a lay preacher, Paul Schäfer. Lena joins the organization to rescue her boyfriend, only to learn it is a cult from which no one has ever escaped. She later finds Daniel, who acts disabled to be overlooked. Daniel discovers the organization is also an illegal operations center for DINA. Lena and Daniel attempt to escape from Colonia Dignidad along with Ursel, a pregnant nurse. Ursel is killed and both Lena and Daniel escape to the West German embassy. Staff from the embassy betray them but the lovers exit the country by air, with incriminating photographic evidence against Colonia Dignidad.
- Emma Watson as Lena, a young woman who joins the cult Colonia Dignidad to rescue her boyfriend Daniel.
- Daniel Brühl as Daniel, Lena's boyfriend, a German citizen kidnapped by General Augusto Pinochet's secret police DINA.
- Michael Nyqvist as Paul Schäfer, the leader of Colonia Dignidad.
- Richenda Carey as Gisela
- Vicky Krieps as Ursel
- Jeanne Werner as Doro
- César Bordón as Manuel Contreras
- August Zirner as German Ambassador
- Martin Wuttke as Niels Biedermann
- Julian Ovenden as Roman Breuer
- Nicolás Barsoff as Jorge
On 29 September 2014, it was announced that Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl would star as a couple in the upcoming film which is based on a true story, directed by Florian Gallenberger who co-wrote the script with Torsten Wenzel. Benjamin Herrmann would be producing the film through Majestic Filmproduktion, and Nicolas Steil would co-produce through Iris Productions. Kolja Brandt would be director of photography, and Hansjörg Weißbrich would be the film editor. On 27 October, Michael Nyqvist joined the film to star as Paul Schäfer.
Principal photography 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.
Colonia premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on 13 September 2015. Shortly after, Screen Media Films acquired U.S distribution rights to the film. The film also screened at the Berlin International Film Festival on 12 February 2016. The film was released in Germany on 18 February 2016 by Majestic Filmverlih, in the United Kingdom on 1 July 2016 by Signature Entertainment. and in France on 20 July 2016 by Rezo Films. The film was released to a limited run in the United States and Canada on 15 April 2016.
Colonia grossed $15,709 in the United States and Canada and $3.6 million in other countries, giving a worldwide total of $3.62 million. In Germany, Colonia grossed $608,337 in its opening weekend. After seven weeks, the film grossed a total of $1.9 million. In the United Kingdom, the film was released in three cinemas nationwide, as part of a distribution deal geared towards video-on-demand. The film grossed just $61 (£47) in its opening weekend.
|2016||Bavarian Film Awards||Best Production||Won|||
|German Film Awards||Best Editing||Hansjörg Weißbrich||Nominated|||
|Best Production Design||Bernd Lepel||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Nicole Fischnaller||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role||Michael Nyqvist||Nominated|
|Golden Trailer Awards||Best Foreign Thriller Trailer||
|Women Film Critics Circle Awards||Adrienne Shelly Award||Colonia||Nominated|||
|Best Female Action Hero||Emma Watson||Nominated|
|2017||Jupiter Awards||Best International Actress||Emma Watson||Nominated|||
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