Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl to Star in Political Thriller 'Colonia'

Principal photography on the Chilean military coup drama has started

Emma Watson and Golden Globe-winner Daniel Bruhl will star in Colonia, a South American political thriller from Oscar-winning director Florian Gallenberger.

According to an announcement made by the producers on Monday, principal photography on the film has begun. The drama will shoot in Luxemburg, Germany and South America and go on until year-end.

Set during the Chilean military coup of 1973, Colonia follows a young German couple — Lena and Daniel — who become entangled in the violence which led to the overthrowing of the democratically elected president Salvador Allende. Daniel is eventually abducted by the secret police of army chief and dictator-to-be Augusto Pinochet, and is tracked by Lena to a sealed-off area called Colonia Dignidad ('Dignity Colony'), led by preacher Paul Schäfer. However it soon transpires that the commune is being used as a torture and detention center from which few people ever leave.

The film is a production of Majestic Filmproduktion and co-delegate producer Iris Productions, co-produced by Rat Pack Filmproduktion.