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Based on the history of the infamous Chilean cult society, Academy Award-winning Florian Gallenburger's Colonia Dignidad will star Emma Watson as Lena, a German woman willing to join a mysterious cult in an attempt to rescue her husband (Daniel Bruhl) after he was kidnapped by the secret police during the 1973 Chilean military coup under Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. A newly released shot of Lena (Watson) physically trapped in the clutches of cult leader and preacher Paul Schafer (Mikael Nyqvist) shows the intensity the period drama will no doubt thrive on.

First look: Lena (Watson) and Schafer (Nyqvist)
First look: Lena (Watson) and Schafer (Nyqvist)

Now for a quick history lesson for those of you who have never heard of Colonia Dignidad. Founded by German fugitive Paul Schafer in 1961, Sociedad Benefactora y Educacional Dignidad (Dignity Charitable and Educational Society) was at one point populated by about 300 residents of German and Chilean origin. First believed to be merely populated by "harmless eccentrics," it was later discovered that Colonia was tainted by dark secrets of torture and child abuse (a fact that Gallenburger's film will no doubt address).

Creepy picture of the entrance to the cult society
Creepy picture of the entrance to the cult society

The film, which also stars Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, August Zirner, and Martin Wuttke, has officially finished up in Luxembourg, and has now moved to Germany, completing filming in South America later in 2014.

Join Emma at the Colonia on October 2015!


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