September 09, 2015

Emma Watson talks about 'Colonia' + quotes about her from the crew

The production notes of Florian Gallenberger's 'Colonia' were released. Inside, bits of an interview with Emma and the rest of the cast and crew.

Inspired by true events, COLONIA tells the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple, who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, 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 cult in order to find Daniel.

The faithfulness to the real events and personalities impressed the film’s cast and crew. Emma Watson, in the lead role of Lena, notes, "The fact that it’s this outstandingly dynamic thriller with true historical material is what makes this film so appealing."

The COLONIA team wanted a strong female hero and Emma Watson’s interest in the part was a dream come true. "I was looking for an actress with a bright aura and a luminous presence. This is just what Emma Watson is," Gallenberger said. "I think the main reason, why Emma joined our team is her interest in politics. She was committed to learning about Colonia Dignidad from the beginning. Plus, it was important to her to play a woman who takes matters into her own hands and does not fear any challenges. Her character risks everything to achieve what is important. In her off-screen life, Emma is the same.” Gallenberger said.
Emma Watson described her view: "The interesting dynamic is that we are all familiar with the conventional narrative, in which the woman plays the damsel in distress and the man plays the knight-in- shining-armour who comes to rescue her. In COLONIA, the switch is that actually it’s Lena who goes and rescues her man, and I thought that was really, really beautiful actually - and something we don’t see often in films."

"When Emma and Daniel met in London, we felt within seconds that the chemistry was right and we had found our couple,” Benjamin Herrmann summarizes.

"I remember the first time I saw the set. I was just speechless, really. It’s an exact replica, measure for measure--every room, every space, is identical. I was blown away. It was creepy and kind of odd, having just been at the Colonia camp in Chile quite recently before."

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