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Lithuanian state department of tourism reveals new BBC drama "War and Peace" to be aired in January 2016 was filmed in Vilnius, Lithuania

2015-11-02 , Updated 2015-11-13 00:00

Lithuania will target film tourism in 2016 as a result of the release of War and Peace the new BBC drama series in January 2016. The six-part television series based on Leo Tolstoy‘s novel War and Peace filmed in Vilnius and other parts of Lithuania is going to be aired in the UK in early January 2016. The series has been made by BBC Cymru Wales Drama, in partnership with The Weinstein Company and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point.

During the filming Julia Stannard, Producer of War and Peace, said: “Filming is going extremely well in Vilnius. Everyone is being really helpful and supportive and we have been made to feel so welcome in this beautiful city.”

 

British director Tom Harper directed the film. The role of Pierre Bezukhov is played by Paul Dano (Twelve Years a Slave by Steve McQueen), Andrei Bolkonsky by James Norton (Happy Valley series), and Natasha Rostova by Lily James (Cinderella by Kenneth Branagh). Lithuanian actors Paulius Ignatavicius, Valerijus Jevsejevas, Irmantas Bacelis and Vesta Grabšaite also appear.

 

Filming took place in various locations around the Old Town of Vilnius, in buildings, in courtyards, on the streets and also in the Traku Voke mansion. Although some scenes were filmed in Russia and Latvia the majority was filmed in Lithuania. The local production company in Lithuania was Baltic Film Services http://bfs.eu.com/our-work/#/war-peace

 

Lithuania is becoming Europe’s hot spot for filming due to the value for money variety of locations, easily mistaken for known international locations and ease of access and local actors.

 

Other British films filmed in Lithuania include: The Eichmann Show (UK, 2015), Locked up Abroad - Escape from the Gulag (UK, 2012), Surviving D-Day (UK, 2010), George Cross Heros (UK, 2012), Elizabeth I (UK, USA, 2005).

While other countries have also selected Lithuania for their locality – films include: La Espera (2015, Spain), 2 Night Till Morning (Finland, 2015), Katilo (Finland, 2015), Parlor (USA, 2015), Gentlemen and Gangsters (Sweden, 2014), Music in the Ice (Russia, 2014), The Assets (USA, 2013), Anna Karenina (France, 2012), Still Nacht in Stalingrad (Germany, 2012), Mythos Siberpfeile (Germany, 2012), Mission Bayern (Germany, 2012),


For more information on Lithuania, visit
www.lithuania.travel


For more information on filming in Lithuania or Vilnius visit:
http://issuu.com/lietuvoskinocentras/docs/shoot_in_lt_2014_internetinis or http://issuu.com/filmvilnius/docs/vilnius_film_office_2015



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