Thailand is back in the front of international movie cameras with a Czech Republic film currently being shot in Phuket and Krabi.
A 22-member film crew including movie stars, director, producers and technicians were in-country during all of November to shoot the romantic comedy “Ostrov” (“The Island”).
The film is a remake of a Russian film by the same name. In that movie, inhabitants of Ostrov, an island in the Caspian Sea, are left alone by the government and must survive through poaching.
Scheduled for release in September, it will feature the beautiful scenery of the two popular southern Thailand destinations, including sea, island and beach settings.
This marks the first time a Czech film production is concentrating its filming almost entirely in Thailand, with 97 percent of the movie being shot in Krabi and Phuket.
The lead actor in the movie is Jiri Langmajer and during filming he has posted pictures and videos of his experiences in Thailand to his over 270,000 Instagram followers.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand Prague office and Czech-based filmmaker Logline Production announced the production at a press conference on Oct. 27. The press conference was attended by more 20 members of the Czech media, and the news was published on various channels including cnn.iprima.cz and super.cz, idnes.cz and pravy.com.
“The international exposure and marketing value for Thailand in the making of foreign movies like “Ostrov” is invaluable, and it is encouraging to see this film crew making a production here almost immediately as was possible after Thailand’s reopening to tourism,” said TAT Gov. Yuthasak Supasorn.