The trailer for Florian Gallenberger's Colonia is seriously absorbing.
(You can also watch it here.)
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.
Valiant and wily! What a great combination of character descriptors. I find the 1973 Chilean coup d'état an extremely fascinating piece of history, and presenting it from the point of view of a woman who infiltrates a cult to save her fella is an even more intriguing approach. Emma Watson stars and is joined by Daniel Brühl and Michael Nyqvist.
Colonia will premiere at TIFF this week, so be on the lookout for reactions. Or don't, and reserve the right to form your own opinion later. No date's currently listed for wide release in the States, but I'm sure it'll get around to us sooner or later.