The first trailer for Academy Award-winning director Florian Gallenberger‘s cult thriller, Colonia, has hit the web. Set in 1970s Chile, Colonia stars Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl as young German couple, Lena and Daniel, trapped in Chile during the Pinochet military Coup. When Daniel is abducted by the secret police, Lena resolves to find him no matter the cost, tracking him to a sealed compound run by an ex-Nazi with an iron fist (Mikael Nyqvist). In order to rescue her husband, Lena masquerades as a true believer in order to infiltrate the cult. It’s an interesting premise, and a nice gender bend from the traditional man-saves-wife-in-peril thriller, and you can’t argue with that leading cast.
Check out the first Colonia trailer below. The film also stars Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, August Zirner, and Martin Wuttke. Colonia will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival this week before hitting theaters in October 2015.
Here’s the TIFF synopsis for Colonia:
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, viciously misogynistic practices.