The industry that has had the greatest resilience in Dominican entertainment (in the midst of the pandemic) has been the seventh art. The head of the Directorate General of Cinema (DGCine), Marianna Vargas Gurilieva, has many reasons to support this idea.
“In fact, we have recently broken records for (foreign) films with impressive budgets,” the lawyer replied to elCaribe a few days ago. Old, Arthur the King and Shotgun Wedding are the most recent international productions that have taken the Dominican Republic as the stage to mount their sets. The first was recorded between the end of September and mid-November, in the middle of the hurricane season and in the midst of a global pandemic, reported the portal ecartelera.com. While, the second, is in full shooting in Samaná.
“There are two, one that was finished filming, which you are probably aware of, which is M. Night Shyamalan, Old, and one that is now being filmed with Mark Wahlberg, which is called Arthur the King, for $ 50. millions; Chyamalan’s I think was about $ 30 million. In other words, we are talking about 80 million dollars (about RD $ 4,800,000,000, calculated at the current exchange rate) that entered the economy in full Covid-19, leaving other jurisdictions that were normally those that received this type of productions ” , Marianna detailed on the eve of her swearing-in as director of DGCine.
While Shotgun Wedding, which stars the famous singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Reynolds, will inject $ 46.9 million dollars (2,813,545,966.00) to this Caribbean country, according to official data.
The director of the DGCine assured that the trust of foreign producers is because the local industry gives them comfort and guarantees security protocols. In addition, the country has very good production teams and, obviously, the incentives established in Law 108-10 for the Promotion of Cinematographic Activity in the Dominican Republic.
The romantic comedy Shotgun Wedding, directed by Jason Moore, began filming several days ago. Last Monday, the security authorities of the Dominican State inspected a shipment of replicas of firearms that arrived at the Las Américas International Airport (AILA), from Los Angeles, to be used in the filming.
Jennifer López has been staying in Casa de Campo for several days, in the company of her family and a great team.
The film Old, by the Indian-American director, screenwriter and producer, would hit the big screen at the end of July, starring Gael García Bernal, Thomasin Mckenzie, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Embeth Davidtz, Eliza Scanlen, Emun Elliott, and Kathleen Chalfant. While, in Arthur the King, American actor and producer Mark Wahlberg plays Mikael Lindnord, the captain of a Swedish team that participated in the 2014 Huirasinchi Explorer World Cup in Ecuador, during which they were “adopted” by a stray dog. , which they called “Arthur”, and that after many procedures could be taken to Scandinavia.
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Three foreign shootings inject $ 7.613 million pesos to the DR