ATHENS – Adding to Greece’s growing luster and attraction for movie makers, Chiliadou Beach on the island of Evia won the Best European Film Location of 2022 from by the European Film Commission Network (EUFCN).
It was featured in Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s Triangle of Sadness which won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, pictured as a castaway island where those board a yacht find themselves after the vessel explodes.
The film, which was mostly shot on Chiliadou Beach, was nominated for a number of awards from the British film industry and also the Oscars, giving Greece another lure not just for filmmakers, but tourists who saw it, said GTP Headlines.
The EUFCN award ceremony was in Berlin, the award coming after wide positive response from the audience during the voting stage for the Best European Location Award, the news site also noted.
Central Greece Regional Governor Fanis Spanos said that, “This particular award is a special honor for us and proof that our beach, Chiliadou, had a little something to add to the already amazing film by the great Ruben Ostlund.”
Chiliadou Beach was chosen from among 5 European locations, ahead of Great Britain’s Portsoy for Peaky Blinders, Switzerland’s Brissago Islands for Dawn Chorus, Germany’s Schlosshotel Kronberg for Spencer and Croatia’s Stari Grad for “How I Learned to Fly.
Greek Film Centre President Markos Holevas thanked the Hellenic Film Commission for nominating the film to the EUFCN contest and promoting Greece as a filming destination, the report also added.
Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) President said of the award that, “They displayed with their vote, their love for Greece. GNTO, along with the Greek Film Centre and EKOME (National Center of Audiovisual Media and Communication), with which we have a Memorandum of Cooperation, we are joining force for the dynamic promotion of film tourism in Greece.”
Another series filmed in Greece, The Durrells in Corfu, on the renowned island, won the honor in 2018, Greece becoming an even more favored spot for shooting television and movies since.