Synopsis

A riveting psychological thriller from acclaimed director Cate Shortland (Somersault, Lore), Berlin Syndrome features a raw and compelling performance from Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge, Knight of Cups). While travelling alone in Berlin, Australian photographer Clare (Palmer) meets Andi (Max Riemelt, Sense8), a charismatic local English teacher with whom she shares an instant physical attraction. After spending the night together, Clare wakes up alone in Andi’s apartment to discover the door locked and the windows secured, with no means of escape. Now the only inhabitant of an otherwise abandoned apartment complex, Clare must confront her lover to have any hope of escaping the nightmare of her confinement. Elegantly constructed and deeply suspenseful, Berlin Syndrome is both a nuanced character study and an engrossing thriller that explores the dynamics of power and control, and the psychological complexities between captor and captive. Exhilarating, nerve-wracking and unforgettable, it finds Cate Shortland at the peak of her powers.

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Director

Cate Shortland

Cast

Teresa Palmer: Clare Max Riemelt: Andi


Crew

Cate Shortland: Director Shaun Grant: Screenwriter Polly Stanford: Producer Angie Fielder: Executive producer

Details

Adapted from Melanie Joosten's novel 'Berlin Syndrome' Production year: 2016 DVD catalogue number: ART832DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART217BD

Awards

Official selection, 2017 Sundance Film Festival




Out now in cinemas & on demand

Out on DVD & Blu-ray from 2 October

GENRE: Thriller

CERTIFICATE: 15

DIRECTOR: Cate Shortland

CAST:
Teresa Palmer: Clare
Max Riemelt: Andi
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CREW:
Cate Shortland: Director
Shaun Grant: Screenwriter
Polly Stanford: Producer
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DURATION: 116 Mins

COUNTRIES: Australia, Germany

LANGUAGES: English, German

AWARDS:
Official selection, 2017 Sundance Film Festival

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Reviews


  • “A skilful, delicately wrought character study... tense without succumbing to obvious genre beats”

    Alistair Harkness - The Scotsman


  • “Impressively restrained performance [from Palmer]”

    Wendy Ide, The Observer


  • “Intensely elegant”

    Guy Lodge, Variety


  • “Palmer is thoroughly mesmerizing... a miraculous performance”

    Jordan Raup, The Film Stage


  • “A nailbiting, yet rigorously humanised thriller”

    Emma Simmonds, The List


  • “A thoughtful chamber piece and great white knuckle thriller”

    Ian Freer, Empire

Articles

Lead actor Teresa Palmer

Interview with The Irish Times

Director Cate Shortland

Interview with The Independent

Extract from the novel

Courtesy of Bookanista

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