Majestic & Iris are pleased to announce that the thriller “COLONIA,” directed by the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Florian Gallenberger (“JOHN RABE”) is now in post-production. The film stars Emma Watson (“HARRY POTTER,” “NOAH,” „THE BLING RING“) in her first lead role since Harry Potter and Golden Globe nominee Daniel Brühl (“RUSH“). The film has been shot in Luxembourg, Munich, Berlin and South America, until the end of 2014.
“COLONIA” tells the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple, who gets entangled in the Chilean military coup in 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area down South, 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 infamous cult in order to find Daniel.
Gallenberger is directing “COLONIA” from a script he and Torsten Wenzel wrote, inspired by true events. Benjamin Herrmann is producing the feature through his Majestic banner (“DESERT FLOWER,” “JOHN RABE,” “TOUR DE FORCE”). Nicolas Steil will produce it through Iris Productions (“BABY(A)LONE”, “DISPARUE EN HIVER”, “SUNSET SONG”).
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes cinematographer Kolja Brandt (“Hector and the Search for Happiness,” “North Face”), production designer Bernd Lepel (“Downfall,” “The Baader Meinhof Complex”), costume designer Nicole Fischnaller (“A Most Wanted Man,” “The Counterfeiters”), makeup designers Waldemar Pokromski (“The White Ribbon,” “The Pianist”) and Claudine Moureaud (“MERCHANT OF VENICE”), sound recordist Carlo Thoss (“THE GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING”) and editor Hansjörg Weissbrich (“Night Train to Lisbon”).
COLONIA“ is a production of Majestic Filmproduktion & Iris Productions, co-produced by Rat Pack Filmproduktion, in association with ProSieben and Sky, supported by Luxembourg Film Fund, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFA German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) and the MEDIA program of the EU.
Majestic is a multi award-winning boutique film production and distribution company based in Berlin. It is involved in all aspects of filmmaking, from development and production through to distribution. Films produced/distributed by Majestic range from CHERRY BLOSSOMS to WETLANDS and from DESERT FLOWER to NORTH FACE.
Iris spearheads several productions, distribution and sales entities in Luxembourg, France, Germany, Belgium and UK. Iris Group’s track record includes several Cannes selections such as Directors’ Fortnight´s “TIP TOP” and “ILLEGAL” or Critic’s Week´s “MADDENED BY HER ABSENCE”, as well as upcoming Terence Davies’ “SUNSET SONG”. The Iris Group defends intelligent and meaningful cinema.
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