What would you do for love? If you’re Emma Watson, you disguise yourself as a religious devotee and infiltrate a dangerous cult in order to rescue your activist boyfriend, and that’s just what she does in the upcoming “Colonia.”
Directed by Florian Gallenberger, and co-starring Daniel Brühl and Michael Nyqvist, the drama centers around the real-life Colonia Dignidad, a religious compound on the surface, that actually served as cult camp/torture prison for General Augusto Pinochet. And in this story, loosely based on true events, a young woman must track down her boyfriend, who campaigned in the streets for President Salvador Allende, who gets whisked away to face the unknown horrors of the camp. Here’s the synopsis:
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.
“Colonia” opens in theaters and on VOD on April 15th. Watch below.