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Belgian Film ‘River Upstream’ Begins Shooting in Zadar

1Croatia’s popularity among international film and television producers is rapidly growing. Game of Thrones, Dig, and action-crime drama Crossing Lines and are just a few international productions that decided that Croatia is the place to film. This week another international film begun shooting in Croatia…

Filming for Belgium film ‘River Upstream’ (En amont du fleuve), directed by Marion Hänsel, started in Ražanac near Zadar this week. The film is produced by the Belgian company Man’s Films and serviced by the Croatian company Kinorama. The film will be fully shot in Croatia, mostly in the Zadar County in Dalmatia.

River Upstream is a psychological adventure film about two step brothers who come to Croatia following the death of their father, and before this they did not even know about each other’s existence. The film stars Sergio Lopez (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Olivier Gourmet (Read My Lips, La Promesse), opposite Croatian actors Igor Kovač and Nikša Butijer.

The film will be fully shot in Croatia, mostly in Zadar County, at the following locations: Ražanac, Zemunik Airport, Novsko ždrilo, Zrmanja river, Krka National Park, Paklenica National Park, Musapstan park-forest in Zadar, and Janković Tower in the village of Islam Grčki near Zadar.


Marion Hänsel

Two thirds of the film crew consists of Croatian filmmakers (set designer, location manager, set decorator, assistant director, scripter, special effects etc.). For a total of 30 days of shooting in Croatia, Man’s Film production company plans to spend around 4.5 million kuna (600,000 euros), and thanks to Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) film incentives it will make a return of 20 per cent of local expenses.


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