'Colonia', by Florian Gallenberger, co-produced by Iris Productions, follows air hostess Lena (Emma Watson) caught up in the middle of the rioting following the 1973 military coup in Chile as she searches for her boyfriend Daniel (Daniel Brühl), who has been abducted by the secret police and taken to Colonia Dignidad, a terrible place under the control of former Nazi Paul Schäfer. The prize was handed over to Benjamin Herrmann and Christian Becker, the film's producers.
The jury found the film on the authoritarian regime in Chile and its abysses both fascinating and stirring: it denounces authoritarian systems, sexual abuse and suppression. The film was shot partly in the Grand Duchy, in an old slate quarry in Haut-Martelange that currently houses a slate museum. The film received financial support from the Film Fund Luxembourg and benefited from the active participation of Luxembourgish actresses Vicky Krieps and Jeanne Werner and Nicolas Steil (co-producer) and Carlo Thoss (sound) on the technical side.
The award - the famous 'Pierrot' porcelain statuette plus 20,000 euros - was handed over on Friday, 15 January 2016.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu)