The fact that Fuerteventura has recently become the place chosen by famous filmmakers to shoot scenes of their films is no coincidence. On the one hand, because of its weather, which is usually nice, with more than three thousand hours of sunshine a year, mild temperatures and almost no rain; on the other hand, natural landscapes, desert scenery, pristine beaches, lunar landscapes and, finally, modern infrastructure and a wide range of professional services at the highest level make the island the perfect scenery to shoot films and campaigns, and major international and national film directors know that.
Exodus, by Ridley Scott
The famous film director Ridley Scott turned Fuerteventura into the main backdrop of his film Exodus, shooting the most famous sequence of Moses’ Exodus story on the island: the opening of the Red Sea. But it wasn’t only that one; for six weeks acclaimed actors like Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton and Aaron Paul went through different points of the majorera geography, shooting images of this blockbuster. The views of El Cotillo, Cofete, Ravine of Buen Paso, Natural Park Dunes of Corralejo and the Natural Park of Jandía were captured by the cameras of Scott for his latest Hollywood blockbuster, which reached millions of viewers since its premiere in December 2014.
Allied, by Robert Zemeckis
Last May, the Allied team, led by American Robert Zemeckis, moved the film set to Fuerteventura. Brad Pitt, star of the film, went through arid and depopulated areas in the center of the island and part of the unspoilt north coast in front of the camera lenses of this filmmaker in order to shoot beach and desert scenes of the film, a romantic thriller set in World War II, starring Pitt and Marion Cotillard. We will have to wait until December this year 2016 to see again the landscapes of Fuerteventura on the screens of Hollywood and the whole world.
El faro de las orcas
National directors aren’t unaware of the possibilities and amenities Fuerteventura offers for shootings. Last April, the well-known actress Maribel Verdú moved her residence to the island to shoot, for four weeks, part of the film “El Faro de Las Orcas”, directed by Gerardo Olivares. On this occasion, deserted beaches and sandy landscapes will simulate landscapes of La Patagonia, where the story of the film is set, based on real events. Jandía peninsula or the village of Las Playitas were some of the locations chosen by Olivares for the shooting of the film, to be released at the end of this year.
But not only video cameras immortalize the natural beauty of Fuerteventura. Photographers from around the world move to the island to portray majorero landscapes in advertising campaigns for major brands. The last one to do it, a few weeks ago, has been talented photographer Marcin Tyszkapor, in a campaign for Vogue Ukraine.
This is because there are no lenses that can resist the charm of Fuerteventura.