Teresa Palmer in 'Berlin Syndrome'.
Cate Shortland’s psychological thriller Berlin Syndrome will make its world debut at the Sundance Film Festival, where it has been selected to screen in the World Cinema Dramatic competition.
The third feature from Shortland (Lore, Somersault) tells the story of Aussie photographer Clare (Teresa Palmer, Hacksaw Ridge) who meets the charismatic Andi (Max Riemelt, Sense8) on a trip to Berlin. Their attraction is instant, but romance turns sinister when Clare finds Andi has locked her in his apartment.
Shot on location in Berlin and Melbourne, the film is based on Melanie Joosten’s book of the same name. It was adapted for screen by Shaun Grant (Snowtown) and produced by Aquarius Films’ Polly Staniford.
Sundance’s strong focus on independent cinema makes it a perfect fit for Berlin Sydnrome's world premiere, said Staniford. Aquarius' Wish You Were Here also screened at the festival in 2012.
“We have an excellent relationship with the festival and given their incredible pedigree, we’re thrilled to be unveiling Berlin Syndrome to international audiences in Park City,” she said.
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival takes place January 19-29. eOne will release Berlin Syndrome next year.