Czech Republic attracts big plans to return to record filming levels
Several studio and streaming projects starring Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling and Adam Sandler are set to shoot in the Czech Republic in 2021, which should make it a record year for filming, according to new data from the Czech Film Commission. .
Despite Covid, growing demand from international film studios in the Czech Republic shows that 2021 is expected to bring similar levels of growth to 2019, which has been a monumental year for the Czech film industry, with $ 420 million in foreign investment pouring in in the country. .
Among the projects being filmed or in preparation in the Czech Republic is the serial adaptation by Netflix of the famous novel by EM Note In the west, nothing is new, with Daniel Brühl and directed by Edward Berger; a new adaptation of Lionsgate from the novel Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos; Sky Apocalyptic Series Extinction; and Netflix feature films Bohemian Spaceman, an adaptation of the novel by Czech writer Jaromir Kalfar with Adam Sandler.
There is also The gray man, a CIA thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans in the lead roles, and Operation Totems, a Cold War-era love story between two spies that takes place in East Berlin, Moscow and Paris, from Amazon and Gaumont.
Additionally, filming continues on two major series that have already been filmed in the Czech Republic – Amazon and Carnival Row from Legendary TV, starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, and Amazon and Sony’s The Wheel of Time, starring Rosamund Pike, which wraps up shooting. its first series, the second will follow shortly.
Completed projects include ZDF’s Fairy Tale The nose of the dwarf; the third series of hit series from Amazon and NBCUniversal Hanna; and the feature film by director Marco Forster The white bird: a story of wonder of Lionsgate, with Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson and Helen Mirren, which tells the story of a Jewish girl hidden by a family in occupied France.
Anderson commented during filming in mid-March: “The crew were fantastic, highly skilled, friendly and professional. I also know that the costume department was particularly impressed with the craftsmanship.
Despite declining production levels last year, like most countries, during the pandemic, the country is clearly seeing huge demand for filming from international producers once again.
“The audiovisual industry has an extraordinarily strong capacity to adapt and recover quickly, so it is also the perfect tool to boost employment and entrepreneurship in the post-coronavirus period”, a points out Helena Bezdek Frankova, director of the Czech Film Fund.
The Czech Film Commission, together with its parent institution, the Czech Film Fund, worked with the Ministry of Culture to welcome filmmakers by issuing certificates of economic activity, which allowed foreign filmmakers to enter the country. and guarantee the movement of teams between sites without restrictions.
With an increasing number of multi-year projects filmed far from the capital, the growth of the Czech film industry shows no signs of slowing down.
“Such projects are also filmed in the Czech regions, where teams spend funds on the rental of premises, meals, accommodation and other services, as well as the use of premises as extras and site security.” , said Czech cinema commissioner Pavlina Zipkova. “This is a welcome decentralization of Prague, facilitated by a strong network of regional cinema offices aimed at helping filmmakers.”