July 03, 2016

F. Gallenberger: "Emma Watson is a very fragile, beautiful woman, with a strong inner conviction"



Emma Watson’s performance was a particular highlight. Did you always have her in mind for the part?

Florian Gallenberger (director): In the beginning, we planned to do this as a German film. with German actors and German language, and then it turned out that the size of the film that the financing we couldn’t raise from Germany alone. Then we realised that there is a dimension to the story that’s bigger than just Germany, so we decided to shoot the film in English. Emma was top of the list, as there were two things that were important for this part. The first is someone who you believe has a strong inner conviction; a strong person inside, but still a fragile person on the outside. I wanted a female hero who has a different type of strength, and that’s totally Emma Watson. She’s so convinced about the things that she’s fighting for, and she’s a very fragile, beautiful woman. The Colonia, to me, has always been a place of darkness, and I always wanted someone who radiates a certain brightness. That’s like magic, that’s what Emma does; if she’s in the frame, you just look there. She has the quality of a lamp. So I wanted to bring this bright, fragile character with a lot of inner conviction into this world of darkness to face this system. We had a casting agent here in London who was very helpful, then we got the script to her and she liked the material.

24 comments:

Ross Taggart said...

See told you she is a light in the world. Femininity and strength combined.

Anonymous said...

Florian Gallenberger is not light with words; I believe him when he describes her in this way. I am sure that Emma has strong convictions and internally a beautiful person as she is externally. I don't agree with her feminist stuff, and I know I can leave it. I hope she makes more good movies like Colonia. I would love to see her in a Scorcese film.I am lookinh forward to The Circle and Beauty. I would love to see some anticipated films.

Anonymous said...

After HP her best film !

Ross Taggart said...

The movie did well when it was released to the rest of the world, months ago thanks to UK distribution laws it has just got here.

Emma was actually having problem getting a UK release, possibly as results of the political upheaval in the UK not a good time to bring up Tory failings; After the collapse of his regime Pinochet was given asylum in Britain, in luxury at the public expense still a sensitive subject with the Political class here.

It would have done well here however but the approach taken by the distributor to rely on download sales thought valid and recognized as a method did not suit this type of movie. I did ask about the very low theater releases (none in London at all for example, despite adverting a lot there) also suggested this was not he sort of film for that distribution model posting these comments on their Facebook and twitter before the release.

The headlines don't help as the details that there were so few cinemas (four by my count!) showing was not mentioned until half way down the story. I did in fact post on the guardian comments page asking them why they reported it the way they did.

If in the unlikly event these institutions reply to my queries I will report back.


Anonymous said...

Emma Watson went to Beyoncé's concert in London last night.
Eden, Do you have photos?

Anonymous said...

I saw the film and was greatly impressed by her acting. Script gets a B- from me and her acting gets an A!
With a better honed script she would 'shine' even brighter.

Anonymous said...

Hello! I read a comment from someone who says that some students of Brown confirmed that Emma did not spent time in college, on campus, and she left the students residence, because she was not friendship with anyone
that's true? Eden, Do you have any information about this?

Eden said...

False. She had at least one friend there before she even went there, and made new ones.

Anonymous said...

That is Emma's business if she did not attend classes and had only one friend. Who cares!In Germany you may have to appear at class once, get a syllubus, sign up for your oral presentation, come on the presentation day and hold your presentation and get it certified toward your degree. People take responsibility for their own education. University is not high school.

Anonymous said...

OK, Thanks you Eden!

Anonymous said...

Yes Colonia was her best performance after finishing HP, I have seen The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Regression and The bling Ring.
The Bling Ring, I do not like nothing !!! the film seemed pretty bad and the performance of Emma, is not good for me, nothing natural, she tried be sexy and sassy and she did not get it
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Regression, better, but I see tense to Emma in both performances, as Sam and Angela, as if she were aware of the phrases she has to say, tense, unnatural
But Colonia was pleasantly surprised :) her performance was very good, better than Daniel

Ross Taggart said...

By all accounts she is warm and friendly if a little guarded if you were in her position you would be the same. From what I have read she did attend (she got her degree after all) she would have to Browns is an illustrious institution no stranger to the famous and rich Emma would have been given no special treatment, nor I believe would she want it.

One thing is clear she works hard for what she gets and no one can say different though as always I am at a loss why they would want to.

Anonymous said...

Bling Ring was superficial. that anyone would support such a egomaniac presentation of teen life. I know this happened- a world-wide knowledge. I think we need more films that uplift the human spirit and invite us to step up a bit in our tastes and poise.
I could not believe that she actually left Oxford for that film. When I read the plot and connected with the teen burglaries in Hollywood, I just shook my head. Pathetic film.

Anonymous said...

Brown has always been known for being a university where only go very rich people and as many private universities, they approve their students although they undeserving, only for maintain their status

Ross Taggart said...

I like Emma's different characters in different movies, In Wallflower, Bling and Regression she was playing different but all effectively damaged women, who do in reality tent to be insecure and tense.

The problem I feel is she is far better actress that people think most "star" like Clint Eastwood for example just do a version of there screen persona. Emma could just be variants of Hermione but she is not making each character she plays unique.

What is the natural for a wallflower, a crook, a abused screamer. Do we know perhaps not. the more typical role of a woman fighting the system in Colonia is more renegotiable to people in general and seems more normal.

It could be the perspective that is the issue Emma chose movies that mean something to real people. I suspect her choice to play Belle will have everyone aghast at the humanity and feeling she brings to the character.

The Circle will be interesting as she is playing a woman with a problem but "normal" Her character in the case is not personally the issue. She will have a chance to explore another facet of her talent she has not used in a while being the "everywoman".

The fault is not in the star but in ourselves, If you can forgive the pun.

Anonymous said...

The problem I feel is she is far better actress that people think most "star" like Clint Eastwood for example just do a version of there screen persona. Emma could just be variants of Hermione but she is not making each character she plays unique.
Clint Eastwood is a great actor and great director, It is unfair that you say that he is not, you do not like anyone to say anything bad about emma, because you should not say things about Clint, because you know what it feels like

Ross Taggart said...

The problem with taking a negative view Anon is you see everything that way. I never said there was anything wrong with character acting like Clint uses nor was it a reflection on his talent.

My point was that Emma as an artist as taken a different approach and than expected for someone like her, young female A-list. This means she is often criticized for not giving the entertainment industry and its press what they want; a cute easy sale product.

She is also an activist which always has a price; The London Times loves her the Daily Mail does not says it all really.

Anonymous said...

Right, it is not a problem of the stars but ourselves for watching cetain types of films. I also question the films some stars are willing associate themselves with- even if it is for the paycheck. Alexa, the Bling character was a portrayal of celebrity life and the unrealistic hankering young people may have for that material reward. I am very careful in the films I watch; too much junk out there which is destructive to human nature.
After playing so many different characters, no wonder many celebrities in Hollywood suffer from identity crisis.

Anonymous said...

This film drowned in the UK and did not land a dent in the box office in the USA either. This is her second flop. She needs to read the scripts more thoroughly. Both Regression and Colonia were grim films, harldy a smile was cracked (other than the silly laughing and jumping on the bed) in Colonia. A man in front of me said- "come get on with-"
"Nun mal wieder los mit dem Film."
Neither Angela nor Lena were characters I could empathize with. Lena was unbelieveable in going to Colonia to rescue her love.

Ross Taggart said...

Ah bridge trolls, She was great as was the movie if it had earned her a Oscar nomination you would have the same comments and derision. Do you ever think if Emma Watson saw this stuff no matter what she is or isn't has or has not done really deserve this.

You all seem to know her from HP she brought a positive role model and joy to millions and now she is supposed to justify her work and life over and over.

what do you get from this I am asking truly what! one day who knows where it will all be over for all of us, when I look back I maybe wrong but I will have supported Emma and other people in my life, what of you Anon what of you.

Eden said...

Nothing Anon said was disrespectful, no need to act all high and mighty.

Ross Taggart said...

I was reading between the lines Eden what is behind the obvious words to subtext, if I am wrong I withdraw my comments, if not the Anon will know and I don't.

But I take your point, to you a I say I am sorry if I got carried away, I do now and again as you know.

Anonymous said...

Supporting any actor is telling it like it is and not widening a cow's ass, get the eyes real close and say oh that is beautiful.

Ross Taggart said...

The Guardian has published a corrective piece about the colony takings. Makes interesting reading:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2016/jul/14/emma-watson-the-colony-not-meant-to-be-box-office-hit