In honour of the Oscars this March, we’d like to share with you some of the most exciting film locations from this year’s movie nominations.
The films are as varied as their locations so you’ll be spoilt for choice when reliving your favourite movie scenes.
Call Me By Your Name
Despite being set in the Italian Riviera, the filming of “Call Me by Your Name” was moved to Crema in Lombardy. The main reason being the area’s impossibly dreamy landscapes: vineyards, picturesque lakes and seductive summer light perfectly complement the romance in this movie. The film’s director Luca Guadagnino comments: “I don’t understand how you create a story if you don’t start from the principal of figuring it out through the landscape – it’s how a movie has to be made”.
Comedy-drama “Lady Bird” is partly set in Sacramento on California’s east coast, home town of director, Greta Gerwig. She chose some of her favourite spots in Sacramento, California’s “most hipster town” to film in, including the beautiful rose garden in McKinley Park; the fashionable, architecturally rich Fabulous 40s neighbourhood; as well as the leafy riverside walkways near the city’s iconic Tower Bridge. Hire a bicycle, ride along the city’s cycle paths and take it all in at your ease.
The Shape of Water
Vibrant, hugely multi-cultural and buzzing with life, Toronto really is fascinating. If you’re a theatre lover, you will particularly appreciate performances at the two theatre locations of “The Shape of Water”. Set in the early ‘60s, the movie tells an otherworldly tale of a mute woman and a mysterious creature, largely set in the gloriously historic, gold and marble-domed Elgin Theatre. Massey Hall in the downtown Garden District also features in the film and is another of Toronto’s finest theatres.
The Post’s coverage of the Pentagon Papers was actually filmed mostly in New York! When in White Plains, possibly visiting Broadway or the Rockefeller State Park Reserve, look out for the building that stood in as the Washington Post’s offices in the film. Meanwhile, footage depicting Georgetown was actually filmed in Brooklyn, New York (you can even spot the outside of New York’s Stock Exchange in some shots). Nevertheless, Washington DC will have fans satisfied too, especially if you get to stay in the room where the actual Watergate break-in took place. Ask for the Scandal Room 214 at the Watergate Hotel.
The Florida Project
The Florida Project is a moving yet funny film reflecting the lives of impoverished families living in budget motels off Route 192. Its setting is one such motel, the deep purple “Magic Castle”. Screenwriter, Chris Bergoch says: “What tugged at my heartstrings was that this was happening in the shadow of Cinderella’s Castle and the most magical place on Earth. But it also struck a chord with me that these kids were having just as much fun as I had growing up [in New Jersey], playing manhunt and whiffle ball and hide-and-seek.” Spare a thought for the film as you pass many such motels along the road to Florida’s must-see attractions: Disney World, Miami, Key West and the Everglades National Park to name but a few.