What these movies have in common? Defiance, The Pianist, Schindler's List, Hannibal Rising, Transsiberian, Redirected, Highlander: The Source, Stalker, Archangel, Defenders of Riga.
And how about these TV series? The Tokyo Trials, Elizabeth I, The Assets, The New Adventures of Robin Hood, Wallander, War and Peace.
Does it ring a bell? To be fair, unless we dig into IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes one fact that would escape our attention is that all those films were shot in the Baltic. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, have been the location of a number of famous productions.
Film industry in the Baltic offers the kind of flexibility required on location by the film industry. The historical backdrops, the variety of the landscape and the professionalism of the local film houses, are some of the reasons why filmmakers are choosing the Baltic as their location of preference, not to mention great tax incentives and very affordable world-class accommodation.
As an example, have a look at Defiance, the $35 million production starring Daniel Craig and featuring the lush forest of Lithuania shot during the Autumn season between the capital Vilnius and Družiliai. A small village just 50 Km from the city. Or how about BBC's War and Peace, currently shot also in Lithuania depicting soldiers immersed in epic battle while surrounded by bucolic landscapes.
The settings of those and other productions can be experienced first hand on this wonderful tour. It would take you through the places and would explain some of the reasons why so many directors (and actors) fell in love with this peculiar lands.