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German movie films Croatia as period America

A German-made Western is doubling Croatia for period US settings and is the first international shoot to access Croatia’s boosted filming incentive support.

Directed by Uli Edel, The Master Butcher’s Singing Club begins in the aftermath of the First World War and tells the story of a German butcher who emigrates to the US in search of a better life.

The Master Butcher's Singing Club

Edel’s production team has built a western US town set in a rural location near Croatia’s northern city of Sisak and is scheduled to shoot in the country for 54 days with around 150 locally-hired Croatian crew. Pakt Media is servicing the production.

Filming will also encompass nearby Zagreb and the Dalmatian Hinterland in the south of the country.

As well as being the first production to use the country’s boosted filming incentive, the movie is also the first to access an additional 5% uplift for shooting in “regions of particular national interest” in Croatia.

“For this particular project, we were looking at several other countries across two continents,” says Lutz Weidlich, the movie’s producer. 

The Master Butcher's Singing Club

“Ultimately, we decided on Croatia with its winning combination of spectacular locations, excellent film professionals and well-established production incentive scheme," says Weidlich.

“The recently introduced 30% incentive for filming in underdeveloped areas enticed us to explore locations beyond well-known filming routes. We were very fortunate to have found such pristine locations that form such an important part of our story and which would have not been on our radar without this commendable financial enticement.”

Croatia is a popular European filming location renowned for its historical sites that have hosted recent shoots like TV drama Knightfall. However, international producers usually shoot stage work elsewhere, with Budapest and Prague offering convenient regional facilities. 

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Croatia.

Images: Silvia Zeitlinger/MOOVIE GmbH