Post-war story wraps Czech Republic filming
New two-part movie State Justice has wrapped a month of filming in the Czech Republic.
Based on a novel by Ursula Krechel, the German-Czech co-production tells the story of a Jewish lawyer who returns to Germany in 1948 after a wartime exile in Cuba, to play his part in post-war reconstruction in his home country.
Principal photography was split between Berlin and the Czech Republic, according to FilmNewEurope.com.
The news comes as UK-Czech co-production Interlude in Prague starts filming with British actors James Purefoy, Samantha Barks and Ade Edmondson among the cast.
The Czech Republic is a hugely popular filming location for German period dramas, with nearly a dozen productions spending almost €25m in 2015.
Czech authorities are also looking to broaden the country’s international appeal. Prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka visited Los Angeles last week to talk to studio bosses.
“Our crews are English-speaking, very flexible and creative,” Sobotka told the LA Times during his visit. “Obviously the overall costs are much lower than in London. And what should also be mentioned is the aspect of security. Czech Republic is among the safest countries in the world.
“[The US studios] are also considering the math, which is the incentives, and unfortunately there is this race for who offers more in tax returns and we really have to think now. Should we give more back and raise the bar of the rebate from 20% to 25% or is our competitive advantage in the other aspects going to be enough?”
The prime minister added that the Czech Republic’s international ambitions include more co-productions in a bid to further develop the country’s creative industries.
For more on filming in the Czech Republic see our production guide.