Not everything is as it seems in German director Florian Gallenberger‘s latest historical thriller, Colonia. Set during the political unrest of Chile’s military coup against socialist President Salvadore Allende – a conflict that saw upwards of three thousand dissidents slaughtered by General Pinochet‘s regime – the film will follow a young couple separated by the violence.
Lena (Emma Watson) and Daniel (Daniel Brühl) are a young couple living in Chile. During the 1973 military coup, Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police. Lena is able to track his movements to a sealed of area of the country, named Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia appears as a charitable mission run by a lay preacher (Michael Nyqvist), however it becomes apparent the place is run by a cult from which there can be no escape. Colonia is based on true events, see the trailer below: