DUBROVNIK 5 October 2020 – Filming begins in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik today for the Lionsgate meta action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent starring Nicolas Cage.
Tiffany Haddish will star opposite Cage, with Pedro Pascal and Sharon Horgan also staring in the film which will see Cage playing a version of himself.
In a year when production stopped all over the world, this is the ninth project to submit a request for a Program of Incentive Measures for filming in Croatia. Preparations for filming have been going on since August, and the film will be shot in Dubrovnik for 15 days.
A total of 412 film workers work on the production in Croatia (of which 97 Croatian citizens are expected) and about 300 Croatian citizens as extras. The service production company is Embassy Studio from Dubrovnik, produced by Erika Milutin Diller (Embassy Films), the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) said.
The audiovisual industry in Croatia was launched in May with preparations for the start of primarily domestic production, all under measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The films ‘The Sixth Bus’ and ‘She Wore a Black Scarf’, as well as the series ‘The Diary of the Great Perica’, ‘The Black and White World’, started production. Croatia is therefore recognised in the world as a safe location for filming. With the opening of the borders, intensive preparations for the return of foreign productions began.
“The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is one of the most resounding projects this year applied for the Incentive Measures Program implemented by HAVC in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finance. Last week, the shooting of the Croatian series Area without a Signal began, which, by securing funds from international sources, met the conditions for applying to the Incentive Measures Program, and another foreign project will start filming this month. The planned spending of foreign investors for 10 projects this year exceeds HRK 85 million. We only dared to hope for such a result in the spring. The audiovisual community has proven to be extremely responsible and I believe that all projects, domestic and foreign, will be successfully carried out according to plan,” said Chris Marcich, Director of HAVC.