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Colonia (2015)

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A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Watson ... Lena
Daniel Brühl ... Daniel
Michael Nyqvist ... Paul Schäfer
Richenda Carey ... Gisela
Vicky Krieps ... Ursel
Jeanne Werner ... Doro
Julian Ovenden ... Roman
August Zirner ... German Ambassador
Martin Wuttke ... Niels Biedermann
Nicolás Barsoff ... Jorge
Steve Karier Steve Karier ... Bernd
Stefan Merki Stefan Merki ... Rudi
Lucila Gandolfo ... Colonia Doctor
Johannes Allmayer Johannes Allmayer ... Dieter
Gilles Soeder Gilles Soeder ... Kurt
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Storyline

Lena and Daniel, a young couple 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. Based on true events. Written by Producer

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Escape is the only option. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence/torture | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Colonia Dignidad was a real-life secret detention camp. See more »

Goofs

The helicopter landing in the stadium is a MBB BO 105. The military coup took place in 1973, the first BO 105 operating in Chile was built in 1974 (# S-191). See more »

Quotes

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Narrator: [voice over original documentary footage] Santiago de Chile, 1973. Politial riots have been destabilizing the entire country.
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Soundtracks

HIMNO NACIONAL DE CHILE
Performed by Tomasz Binarek Orchestra
Composed by Ramón Carnicer (1828)
Lyrics by Eusebio Lillo, 1847
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Particularly memorable Q&A when a German diplomat voiced his opinion
18 February 2016 | by michaeljtrubicSee all my reviews

When a German Diplomatic official attends the premiere in Toronto to refute the premise of the film its a sign that the material strikes pretty close to home.

Very memorable Q&A at the 2015 Tiff. Hats off to the director that didn't flinch at all when confronting the questioner.

Its one of those films that you can honestly say "real life is stranger than fiction"

Its obvious that the film makers used this convincing story to attract the very talented cast. Even the despicable bad guys (and gal) were very well cast in addition to our heroes.

I'm glad this film wasn't released amidst the flurry of films prior to the awards season. Everyone should take the time and let this material and these performances sink in.

Well done. Good work.


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Germany | France | Luxembourg | UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colonia See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg, Luxembourg See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,709

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,621,046
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2.35 : 1
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