• Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

“Colonia” is a historical thriller film directed by . Set against the backdrop of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état, it follows the story of Lena () and Daniel (), a couple caught up in the political turmoil of the time. When Daniel is abducted and taken to a secretive cult-like colony called Colonia Dignidad, Lena infiltrates the colony to rescue him, only to discover the dark secrets and horrors within.


The film received mixed reviews from critics. While 's performance was praised, some critics found fault with the film's pacing and tonal shifts. The historical context and the exploration of the real-life Colonia Dignidad added depth to the storyline. However, the blending of historical events with a fictional thriller narrative received a varied response.


Lena and Daniel, a young couple, find themselves entangled in the political unrest of Chile during the 1973 coup. When Daniel is taken by the secret police and detained in Colonia Dignidad, a mysterious and abusive cult led by Paul Schäfer (), Lena decides to infiltrate the colony to rescue him. As Lena delves deeper into the cult's horrors, she faces grave dangers and a fight for survival.


“Colonia” did not garner significant awards or nominations. While it explored a compelling historical context, the film did not achieve widespread recognition in major film festivals or awards ceremonies.


The film's popularity is moderate, with its themes of political intrigue, cults, and historical drama attracting audiences interested in thrillers grounded in real events. While it may not have achieved blockbuster success, “Colonia” found a niche audience intrigued by its exploration of a lesser-known aspect of Chile's history.

In essence, “Colonia” offers a suspenseful thriller that weaves a fictional narrative into the historical fabric of a troubled period in Chilean history, shedding light on the notorious Colonia Dignidad and its dark secrets.

Directed by
Written by
Produced by
  • Benjamin Herrmann
  • Nicholas Steil
  • Christian Becker
  • James Spring
Cinematography Kolja Brandt
Edited by Hansjörg Weißbrich
Music by
  • André Dziezuk
  • Fernando Velázquez
  • Majestic Filmproduktion
  • Beta Cinema
  • Iris Productions
  • Rat Pack Filmproduktion
  • Rezo Productions
  • Fred Films
  • ProSieben
  • Sky
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 13 September 2015 (TIFF)
  • 18 February 2016 (Germany)
  • 1 July 2016 (United Kingdom)
  • 20 July 2016 (France)
Running time
110 minutes
  • Germany
  • Luxembourg
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Spanish


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