BERLIN SYNDROME

By Cate SHORTLAND

UNITED TALENT AGENCY (UTA) - as SALES

Thriller - Completed 2016

Berlin. Australian photojournalist, Clare, meets charismatic Andi. After a passionate night, Clare wakes locked in his apartment. Andi has no intention of letting her go

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Sundance Film Festival 2017
World Dramatic
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Thriller
    • Countries
    • AUSTRALIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, GERMAN
    • Duration
    • 116 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Cate SHORTLAND
    • Writer(s)
    • Shaun GRANT
    • Producer(s)
    • Polly STANIFORD (AQUARIUS FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • Australian tourist Clare (Teresa Palmer) travels to Berlin to photograph East German architecture and meets Andi (Max Riemelt), a handsome but brooding schoolteacher. After a brief erotic fling, Clare tries to leave, but Andi isn’t ready to let go. She soon finds herself held prisoner in his locked apartment, cut off from the outside world. As her ordeal unfolds, Clare cycles between reasoning with her captor, surrendering to his obsessions, and plotting her escape.

      Acclaimed Australian director Cate Shortland’s (Lore and Somersault) potent thriller unfolds with a slow-burn intensity as Clare’s growing dread becomes your own. Adapted by Shaun Grant (The Snowtown Murders) from Melanie Joosten’s 2011 novel, Berlin Syndrome is psychologically acute and uncommonly observant to the shifting power dynamics between captor and prisoner. Palmer’s empathetic and courageous performance keeps us rooting for Clare, while Riemelt brings terrifying depth to the disturbed Andi.
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