Mamma Mia 2 premieres in Croatia.
Around 7,000 people have packed into the spectacular Roman amphitheatre in the Istrian city of Pula for the Croatian premiere of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
The film, which stars Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Cher, was filmed in September and October last year on the Croatian island of Vis for 24 days, with more than 270 Croatian film professionals and extras engaged.
Before the screening of the film, the large crowd was warmed up by dance performances to ABBA’s hits Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia.
Pula Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. It was constructed in 27 BC – 68 AD and is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World.
The Croatian premiere was attended by the film’s director Ol Parker, as well as actors in the film Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine and Hugo Skinner.
The Croatian island of Vis acts as Greek island Kalokairi in the film.
“We spent 6 weeks in Croatia. The joy that is seen onscreen in the film is the result of the joy that was had off-screen. The future for Croatia as a filming destination is endless. A combination of beautiful natural resources and resources that people bring. And of course, the financial benefits for filming in Croatia,” director Ol Parker said, adding that shooting in Croatia was everything he could have hoped for.
The film is heading for an impressive opening weekend of over $41 million at the box office across North America. It will hit cinemas across Croatia on 26 July 2018.