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Norwegian filmmakers shoot Christmas feature in Czech Republic

Czech Republic filming location Bohemian Paradise castleFilmmakers from Norway have started principal photography on a Christmas feature earlier this week, using various locations in the Czech Republic.

The comedy The Christmas King – In Full Armour (Julekongen – Full rustning) is based on the eponymous TV series popular across Scandinavia. Directed by Thale Petersen (who also did the series) and set for release in November 2015, the film features the story of the family Gran who have to save Christmas in the Knight Valley after it’s cancelled due to evil forces.

Filming will continue to take place in January and February and use various locations in the Czech Republic, such as the castles Kost, Křivoklát and Český ráj (see photo), plus the largest filming facility in the country, Barrandov Studios.

Acting as Czech co-producer of the movie is production company Film Kolektiv and the production is supported through The State Cinematography Fund’s incentive programme.

The Christmas King is not the first fairy-tale that Norwegian filmmakers decided to make in the Czech Republic. In 2012, Journey To The Christmas Star (Reisen til julestjernen) was filmed in another castle, Pernštejn.

Producer Pavel Berčík from Film Kolektiv, said: “The Norwegian filmmakers chose the Czech Republic for a simple reason – it is ideal for filming a fairy tale in a medieval setting. Thanks to a wide selection of castles, suitable scenery and rich experience of Czech filmmakers with epic period movies can this project -which would be difficult to realize in Norway - be made easily and for less money.“


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