THE PLAYLIST – First announced quietly last summer, it looks like things are starting to push ahead for Cate Shortland’s next feature, “Berlin Syndrome.” If you’re not familiar with the filmmaker’s work, be sure to check out “Somersault,” which features a breakout performance by Abbie Cornish, and a really good turn by Sam Worthington, and her moody WWII picture “Lore.” The director’s latest marks another shifting of gears.
Based on the novel by Melanie Joosten, Teresa Palmer will star in the psychological thriller about a new relationship that suddenly shows some darker edges. Here’s the official synopsis:
While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues.
But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again. Ever.
Shaun Grant, who co-wrote Justin Kurzel’s “The Snowtown Murders,” penned the script for “Berlin Syndrome,” and while it sounds like a familiar thriller, we’re sure Shortland will bring her unique touch to the material.
Max Riemelt (“Sense8”) will co-star. Production is slated to begin later this year, with the movie aiming to be finished by next spring, so mark this one for the 2016 festival circuit. We’re certainly eager to see what Shortland puts together.