A list of 4 international films that you have seen in the cinema, but did not know that they were filmed in Portugal, in places such as Porto, Lisbon, Alentejo and Algarve.
All told, how many times in your life have you been to the cinema to see a movie with a beautiful story, shot in fantastic locations? How many times during the film did you think how nice it would be to get to know those heavenly beaches, the mountains with the huge trees, the bustling, vibrant cities If you are one of those people who wants to climb into the movie screen and be able to enjoy these fascinating landscapes and places, we have good news for you.
Portugal has been much sought after for international film shoots, whether through the incentive to tourism or because of the natural beauty of the landscapes that we can enjoy in this corner, right beside the sea. For these and other reasons – maybe the food and drink, the climate and the warmth of the welcome so typical of the Portuguese – Portugal is the centre of attention of film-makers from around the world, not just Hollywood.
Here we have a short list of 4 films that were shot in Portugal – and which won international awards. It never hurts to write about what can best be done in Portugal, and here we have a fine list!
This classic was made in 1969 and it is said that Ian Fleming created the character of James Bond through divine inspiration in the historic hotel in Estoril, a place regularly visited by various spies during the second world war. At that time, Ian met a Russian double agent and started writing some episodes of a story that came to be worth millions to the film industry worldwide. The beginning of the film has a scene in which James Bond faces the enemy in Praia do Guincho. In other scenes, shooting took place in Setúbal, Zambujal, Lisbon and Cascais.
One of the best films ever, featuring actors who were international film stars such as Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Wynona Ryder and António Banderas. This plot, which resulted in a film, was adapted from Isabel Allende’s novel by director Bille August who turned an excellent best-seller into an extraordinary film. Although the entire story takes place in the Andes, most of the filming was done in Lisbon, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Monte das Três Marias, Alentejo and Denmark. None of the scenes in this film were recorded in the Andes, the place where the story originally unfolds.
On a night train to Lisbon, Jeremy Irons shows one of his best sides when playing a Swiss professor who is travelling to Lisbon on the trail of the author of a book that stimulates him to moments of self-discovery and awareness about the period of Salazar’s dictatorship. This is a film in which Professor Raimund gets to know places in Lisbon such as the Caxias and Santa Apolónia railway stations, along with some of the most typical streets and alleyways in Lisbon.
This is another box office hit starring Johnny Depp. In this film, directed by Roman Polanski, we can see actors like Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner, Barbara Jefford, Jack Taylor, James Russo, Willy Holt, Allen Garfield and Depp in the lead roles. The story takes place in Sintra, at the Chalet Bister – the home of Vitor Fargas – and Hotel Central and is basically a satanic thriller. The historic buildings of Sintra and the beauty of the natural landscape, plus the surrounding mystery in all the trees and undergrowth were key to the success of this film.