21/08/2015

Galicia, a destination for film lovers

In recent years it has begun to flourish a type of tourism that, leaving aside the seasonal and climatic conditions of a destination, focuses mainly on cultural events developed in the latter. Specifically, site visitors seeking to revive some of the scenes of your favorite movies and series in locations where these were shot. This is the film induced tourism, which is becoming more and more popular.

Galicia has an enviable natural environment and heritage framed by spectacular scenery that make some of their towns, cities and monuments constitute a claim for any audiovisual production acclimate. We show some of the most attractive and famous locations in our region.

Pazo de Oca

Known to many as the “Galician Versailles” or “North Generalife”, this baroque manor located in A Estrada, province of Pontevedra, has hosted countless shootings at its stunning inside and its lush outdoor garden . Declared a historic-artistic monument, this stately home has attracted the interest of the director Alejandro Perez Lugín to acclimate, in 1924, the film La Casa de la Troya, one of the first films shot in our land. From then until 2010, year in which was shot the film La piel que habito of Pedro Almodóvar, the Pazo de Oca has seen a total of eight productions, including series and films.

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 Redes

Despite not being released Silencio, the latest film from director Pedro Almodóvar, the cozy seaside town of Redes has become, in recent months, in the center of many moviegoers eyes. Almodóvar said falling in love with the photogenic and expressiveness of this small parish of the municipality of Ares. But this is not the first time that Redes serves as an audiovisual production stage because it also became, during more than 200 episodes in the fictional parish of San Antonio de Louredo, in which the characters from the famous Galician series Padre Casares lived their wild stories .

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Castillo de San Felipe

This historic fortress Ferrol has inspired many professionals in the audiovisual field, not only for its great condition but also for its spectacular views of the estuary of Ferrol. It was precisely the outside of the building which attracted the filmmaker Anton Reixa Vigo to film part of the movie El lápiz del carpintero, based on the eponymous novel wirtten by Manuel Rivas. The last production shot in the castle, in 2013, was the TV movie Concepción Arenal, la visitadora de cárceles, in which the struggle of the famous writer and pioneer of feminism to improve the conditions of the Spanish women’s prisons during the nineteenth century is narrated.

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Santiago de Compostela

If anything has been done to focus the eyes of film producers in Galicia, he has been the Camino de Santiago and millions of stories that revolve around this important route, which has to his credit with the recognition of being the First Cultural Itinerary Europe, besides being declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The capital of Galicia has been reflected in a number of movies and not only as the destination of the Way, but also as a place of mystery and steeped visual plasticity that give it its hazy atmosphere and secular buildings and streets built based of stone. Some of the directors that they fell to the feet of Compostela town are Emilio Estevez, with The Way; Xavier Villaverde with Trece campanadas or Stanley Kramer with The pride and the passion.

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Rías Baixas

Most of the audiovisual productions developed in Galicia are set in the Rías Baixas. The incredible sea and rocky landscapes of the towns of Noia and Porto do Son let the imagination of Ramón Sampedro —played by Javier Bardem in the award-winning film The Sea Inside directed by Alejandro Amenabar— fly. The estuary of Vigo, biologically rich, was covered by boat, from one end to the other by the protagonists of the film Los lunes al sol of Fernando León de Aranoa. The main characters, affected by unemployment resulting from industrial restructuring, lived facing their situation from different perspectives they shared in long conversations around the port of Vigo.

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