Athens’ Syntagma Square Becomes a Hollywood Studio on Sunday



The Athenian city center was turned into a huge cinematic studio, where ”violent riots” were staged, according to the movie’s scenario. Photo from Nikos Pappas’ Twitter page

Athens’ city center was completely cordoned off on Sunday, March 10, to allow the cast and crew of the upcoming movie ”Born To Be Murdered” film their scenes.

Among the cast members of the film, which is directed by the famous Italian director Ferdinando Sito Filomarino, is John David Washington, the son of Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington.

The film’s story portrays what happens when an American tourist finds himself in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy in northwestern Greece and later in the capital city of Athens.

Filming in Thessaly’s picturesque Meteora region and Epirus’ Zagori region, as well as in the cities of Trikala and Kalampaka, has been already wrapped.

Syntagma Square, along with central streets and avenues, were completely blocked off throughout the day. The scene reminded many onlookers of Athens’ darkest days, when the financial crisis often brought tens of thousands of Greek citizens into the streets, where they clashed angrily with riot police.

Greek Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Nikos Pappas, posted on Twitter on Sunday, stating that ”Greece successfully responds to the demands of the most difficult film shootings.”

Pappas added that ”Syntagma Square has been transformed into a studio set. Both the incentives for production subsidies and the cooperation of responsible bodies send a clear signal to the cinema community.”

The film is co-produced by the US and Italy and is an action-thriller set entirely within the nation of Greece. The filming required many scenes to be shot in Trikala, Meteora, Zagoria, Kalampaka and central areas in the capital city of Athens.

With information from AMNA