Porto plays vital role in new Jim Jarmusch film
American auteur Jim Jarmusch is executive producing Porto Mon Amour, a film described as a ‘love letter to the city’. It marks the feature debut of director Gabe Klinger, who is working alongside Portuguese co-producer Rodrigo Areias.
The city itself takes centre stage in the film, providing the backdrop to the story of two archaeologists (played by Anton Yelchin and Lucie Lucas) whose lives change forever after spending the night together. With shooting now underway, the story is told over three different time periods, providing the opportunity to show the city’s diverse architectural styles.
Brazilian Klinger, who was originally lining up Athens as the main shooting location, remarked: “Porto is eternal, [having] a fascination with history and culture… you can be in the thirteenth century, in the fifteenth century, in the eighteenth century and the twenty-first century. This film is about characters that explore the archaeology of time in their lives. It is a city that allows this exploration of time.”
Porto City Council is playing a vital role in the project, backing it as part of its drive to promote the city internationally. The council has provided around €75,000 towards the production which goes hand in hand with the Porto Film Commission’s regular incentives. Head of culture Paulo Cunha e Silva reinforced the idea of leveraging the city’s world profile, as he said: “Porto is available for those who are looking for it.”
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