The Montenegrin Film Scene

  • By Luštica Bay
  • 01 May, 2015
It’s Saturday morning, your head is slightly hazy from sipping martinis the previous night and you’re restoring your energy levels with a much-needed coffee. With the sun shining and temperatures escalating, you would not be blamed for thinking you imagined Sophia Loren just strolled past, followed by Elizabeth Taylor.
No, because you’re in the Montenegro of the 1960’s, which regularly played host to European royalty and Hollywood A-Listers, including the aforementioned. Sophia Loren, the French-Italian superstar, was a huge fan of the 1950’s hotel that sat upon the old St. Stephan’s Island, one of Montenegro’s most famous landmarks. Now a world-class Amanresort,  Aman Sveti Stefan  has since welcomed Hollywood hunks Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone, in Montenegro holidaying of course.

Montenegro as a country is still very much in its infancy, as such, the Montenegrin film scene is a burgeoning industry, steadily growing, with some surprising facts in store. In honour of film and the start of The Black Pin  filming, we’ve collated some interesting facts regarding the history of Montenegro and film.

World-famous heart throb Brad Pitt, kicked off his career starring in  The Dark Side of the Sun , a 1988 American-Yugoslavian drama, filmed in the wonderful Kotor and directed by Montenegrin Božidar Nikolić.

The November Man , an American spy thriller based on the novel by Bill Granger and starring Pierce Brosnan, was partially set in Montenegro and featured the fortress of Herceg Novi.

Then we have  Casino Royale , the film that propelled Daniel Craig to stardom and supposedly put Montenegro on the map. The 2006, 21st film in the James Bond franchise shows a tuxedo-clad James Bond taking on the ‘baddie’ at a poker game at the opulent and imposing Hotel Splendid in Montenegro. The film was actually filmed in various locations around the world, none of them being Montenegro. But we’ll take it!

Luštica Bay  is currently sponsoring the production of  The Black Pin  film, set amidst the beauty of the Luštica peninsula, directed by award-winning Montenegrin producer Ivan Marinovic. Filming is to commence next month.

To read our interview with Ivan, click  here , and learn more about the filming and synopsis of  The Black Pin here .

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