When Granada is the Balkans

Friday, August 28, 2015
By Louise Powell

AND A Perfect DayFriday the 28th, sees the first screening of A Perfect Day, starring Tim Robbins and Benicio del Toro, set in the Balkans but shot in Granada.

Also in the cast is Fedja Stukan, who in real life was a member of the Bosnian Army special forces.

Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa and filmed in English, the film deals with the immediate post-war period in the Balkans. Yet several locations within our province were chosen for shooting, including, La Zubia, Monachil and Alquife.

Filming began in the old mining village of Alquife in March 2014, suitably disguised to represent a war-torn Balkan village – all this in relative secrecy to avoid crowds of curious onlookers.

From there the film crew moved to Monachil on the other side of the Sierra Nevada. Extras were hired from the town, which proved a little problematic but the shoot was concluded without incidents.

Tim Robbins and Benicio de Toro took the opportunity to visit the Alhambra, as well as Sacromonte and Albaicín, whilst shooting in nearby La Zubia.

After two months in the province the film crews left for Cuenca to shoot some final scences.

Well, the Guardian film critic didn’t have much positive to say about the film prior to its first screening before the general public but most of us will come to our own conclusions once we’ve seen it, if only to see Balkanized Alquife, Monarchil and La Zubia.

So, what’s the plot? A group of aid workers trying to get the corpse of a fat man out of a well… which doesn’t prove to be exactly simple…

(News: Monarchil, La Zubia, Alquife, Granada, Andalucia

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