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.
Hit the jump to take a look at the first Colonia image. The film also stars Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, August Zirner, and Martin Wuttke. Colonia will be released in theaters in October 2015.
Here’s the synopsis for Colonia:
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.