Cate Shortland on the set of Berlin Syndrome

Director Cate Shortland works with actor Max Rielmelt in a forest location in Germany.
Cate Shortland on the set of Berlin Syndrome
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Director Cate Shortland speaks with actor Max Riemelt (who plays Andi) on the set of Berlin Syndrome (2016). 

Australian funding for the claustrophobic thriller set in Germany meant that many interior scenes - including Andi's Berlin apartment where he holds Clare (Teresa Palmer) captive - were filmed on sets built in Melbourne's Docklands, rather than Germany.

This fact, plus the interior setting of the film as a whole, makes this production still shot in a forest in Germany stand out. The lighting is warm, in contrast to the chilling feel of the scene in the movie.

This production still is a striking photo. Although shot from far away, the rapport between Cate and Max is wonderfully captured, echoing Max's comments in a behind the scenes making of documentary about Cate's trust in her actors. The shot feels candid without being intrusive and is so beautifully framed and lit, it could pass as a fashion shot. It's a very good example of the skills of the stills photographer.