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Castilla y León, a land of film

Castilla y León, a land of film

The growing interest in visiting the places where films have been filmed and especially large audience series opens an important opportunity, through the film industry, to promote destinations. A phenomenon that grows worldwide and represents an important alternative to diversify the tourist offer and combat seasonality.

Aware of this, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has opted to convert the Community into a "filming territory" to generate wealth through the Castilla y León Film Commission, which also contributes to achieving greater projection abroad.

So far 2019 has attended 51 consultations for filming, such as last June in Las Médulas (León), where, attracted by its reddish and weevil landscape, German public television ZDF has filmed a documentary about nature for the award-winning Terra X series.

But the most important old open-pit gold mine in Europe, declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1997, is not the only location that has attracted the attention of the film industry.

The University of Salamanca (Usal), the Roman bridge or the main square of the city of Charra are some of the locations portrayed in Alejandro Amenábar's new film, 'While the war lasts', which has led the box office this past weekend .

Salamanca is also the scene of 'Supernatural', the film directed by Juan Figueroa and played by Andrés Vázquez, which will premiere tomorrow, October 1, at 20.00 in the Azcona room of the Matadero Madrid cultural space. Most of the filming took place in the province of Salamanca during the year 2013.

At the end of 2018, the Castilla y León Film Commission also advised those responsible for the production of the hit television series 'La Casa de Papel' to record scenes of its third season at the hermitage of San Frutos, in Carrascal del Río (Segovia ) within the Hoces del Río Duratón Park.

Given the international relevance of this series, this shoot -the 19 and 20 days of December- served to promote the historical and natural heritage of the Community throughout the world.

It is a new type of tourism that responds to a shift in the interest of new cultural consumers towards creative industries and, in particular, audiovisual arts.

As for the cinematographic productions that have been funded by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, there are some dedicated to relevant figures of the cultural life of the Community in recent years, such as Francisco Umbral, to which the documentary feature film is dedicated ' Threshold: perpetual writing '.

As they have reminded Efe from the Ministry of Culture, "2017 celebrated ten years of the death of the journalist, narrator and essayist so linked to the Castilian lands, whose work was recognized with the Cervantes Prize in the year 2000".

His grant, in 2018, has allowed him to claim his legacy and make his work spread among the new generations.

Another of the financially supported film projects has been the documentary 'López Cobos: music in the hands', focused on the vital trajectory of the late Zamorano musician and screened at the Valladolid International Film Week (Seminci) and the International Film Festival of Gijón

The documentaries dedicated to two figures of the Castilian letters have also been financed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism: 'León Felipe. The pilgrim poet ', who explores the life and work of the poet born in Tábara from his youth until his exile in Mexico after the Civil War; and 'The Snow Queen', about the Salamanca writer Carmen Martín Gaite.

Special mention deserves the movie 'Digging up Sad Hill', premiered in October from 2018, born from the initiative of a group of residents of the municipal districts of Contreras and Santo Domingo de Silos (Burgos) to recover the cemetery built 50 years ago to the final sequence of 'The good, the ugly and the bad'.

This work, which won the 2019 Film Writers Circle medal and was nominated for best documentary feature film at the Forqué 2019 Awards and best documentary film at the 33 edition of the Goya Awards, features legends such as Ennio Morricone and Clint Eastwood and serves to underline the role of film shootings as a tool for community promotion.

In addition to supporting the financing of projects aimed at disseminating heritage and ethnographic values ​​of the Community -'Folk, a look at traditional music 'and' Zaniki'- Castilla y León has received in recent months the recording of the fiction feature film 'Cuadros for an exhibition ', by the Valladolid director Rubén Alonso de Frutos, a film set in the avant-garde of art.

It has also been the scene of 'Luz en el silencio', a psychological thriller that takes place in two plots based on its two opposite faces: memory and oblivion.

"This film recalls 'La Bejarana', a film from the silent film era shot at 1926 in the Béjar and La Alberca regions," sources from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism have told Efe.

Support for film productions has also extended to short films, as they are productions that, in addition to their cultural interest, provide support for emerging filmmakers' careers.

In 2019, through the line of subsidies for film productions, ten projects have been financed, of which three are documentary feature films, three are fiction feature films, three are fiction short films and one is a documentary short film.