LOS ANGELES (dpa) – English actress Emma Watson and German actor Daniel Brühl will star in the South American political thriller Colonia Dignidad, about an infamous secretive cult in Chile run by a former Nazi corporal, the industry paper Hollywood reporter said Monday.
The movie, directed by Oscar-winner Florian Gallenberger, will be shot in Luxemburg, Germany and South America, the paper said. The actors will portray a young German couple that find themselves in adversity during the 1973 military coup in Chile that led to the overthrowing of the democratically elected president Salvador Allende.
The story is based on true events. Former Nazi corporal Paul Schaefer ruled the tyrannical cult community Colonia Dignidad, near Parral in southern Chile, for decades, and he collaborated with the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in killing and torturing political opponents.
When he died at age 88 in 2010, Schaefer was serving a 33-year sentence for a series of convictions of murder, sexual abuse of children, torture, and other offences in Colonia Dignidad. In Colonia Dignidad, children were taken from their parents and prevented from developing a normal sexuality through the use of sexual violence, the courts have said. Marriages and relationships between the settlers were forbidden.
Watson recently starred in Noah, and has finished filming the thriller Regression alongside Ethan Hawke. Last year Brühl starred as Formula One star Niki Lauda in Rush, he recently appeared in the thriller A Most Wanted Man.