10 items from 2015
An adaptation of a novel by Markus Orths, writer-director Ingo Haeb’s The Chambermaid is the most delicate and introspective movie about S&M that you will probably ever see. The German-language drama follows the titular chambermaid, Lynn (Vicky Krieps), as she goes about her very meticulously scheduled life. Lynn voluntarily spent time in an asylum; she says that she checked herself in, but won’t give up the details as to why. Now back out in the world, much of her life is spent obsessively cleaning rooms at the Hotel Eden--even the ones without guests--making her by far the hardest working maid in the business. Every once and awhile, she has bored, businesslike sex with her manager, seemingly only in order to make some feeble attempt at human interaction; other than that, she rarely makes eye contact or speaks a word with anyone other than her psychiatrist or her mother. »
- Lee Jutton
It’s amazing how many horrific acts mankind has initiated over the past century. With all the coups, wars, dictators, etc. it’s impossible to find a country devoid of at least one historically heinous blight. Chile under Augusto Pinochet certainly had its fair share, but I never heard of the prison camp/cult commune Colonia Dignidad. Run by a “godly” savior in Peter Schäfer (Michael Nyqvist), this community guarded by an electrified fence and segregated between men, women, and children became his state-run playground. He took in Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional (Dina)’s tortured and lobotomized, broke up families forced into captivity, and ensured no one could leave. Only five people in forty years ever escaped and we’re to believe Lena (Emma Watson) and Daniel (Daniel Bruhl) are two.
We meet this young couple as they stumble upon each other in Santiago: she a flight attendant with four »
- Jared Mobarak
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 Brühl 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 »
She swore to bring him back. The first trailer is available for a dramatic thriller called Colonia, featuring Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl as lovers entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. This is barely a 60-second, condensed trailer showing some footage of the couple in Chile, with stunning mountains in the background. I like the imagery, but I'm just not sure about the story, since it seems to be nothing more than another love story of survival in a tumultuous time. The cast also includes Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps and Jeanne Werner. The film just premiered at Tiff 2015 this month for those still interested. Here's the first short (German) trailer for Florian Gallenberger's Colonia, found on YouTube: From the Tiff guide - the description: "Colonia tells the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is »
- Alex Billington
A large portion of the official line-up of films playing at this year's Toronto International Film Festival were announced today. One of those films is Colonia, a thriller from German filmmaker Florian Gallenberger. Colonia stars Emma Watson as a woman on a desperate search for her abducted boyfriend. She's drawn to the infamous Colonia Dignidad in Chile, a "sect nobody has ever escaped from", where she also encounters Daniel Brühl. The cast includes Michael Nyqvist, Vicky Krieps and Jeanne Werner. Three photos from the film have been unveiled, to give you an idea of the feel of this real world thriller premiering at Tiff this fall. Here's the three new first look photos for Florian Gallenberger's Colonia, found via The Playlist. Interested? From the Tiff guide - the description: "Colonia tells the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of »
- Alex Billington
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)…
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.
- Gary Collinson
Florian Gallenberger’s thriller is set during the Chilean military coup of 1973.
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Stars: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Daniel Brühl, Nina Hoss, Homayoun Ershadi, Vicky Krieps, Mehdi Dehbi, Kostja Ullmann, Martin Wuttke, Rainer Bock | Written by Andrew Bovell | Directed by Anton Corbijn
Gunther Bachman (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is a German espionage agent stationed in Hamburg to head up a covert anti-terrorist unit tasked infiltrating and gaining intelligence from the local Muslim community. In particular, Bachmann is interested in Dr Abdullah, a local philanthropist who has some shady financial practices. He also learns of Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a half-Chechen half-Russian illegal immigrant that was found by Russian intelligence to be linked to terrorism after extensive ‘interrogation’. As he learns more about Karpov’s reasons for being in Hamburg, Bachmann sees an opportunity to finally nail his target.
I’ve got to say, A Most Wanted Man made time pass at double speed. The combination of a »
- Nicky Johnson
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team, »
- Matt Patches
10 items from 2015
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