Lights, Camera, Action!

Matt Damon in Green ZoneThis week Cartagena has celebrated its 39th annual International Film Festival, showcasing a selection of full length feature films and shorts from around the globe, including the premier of 7 Spanish films. It may interest you to know that Murcia is no stranger to the cinematographic world and was recently used as one of the key locations for action movie Green Zone starring hollywood heart-throb Matt Damon.

The film, released in March 2010, was shot on location in January 2008 at the Military Air Base in Los Alcázares which provided locations for Saddam’s  Mukhabarat intelligence headquarters, as well as exterior scenes at the Republican Palace and a smaller Green Zone palace. The film crew also took advantage of an unopened stretch of motorway near Fuente Álamo to shoot scenes of a military convoy leaving Baghdad. The rest of the exterior shots were filmed on location in Rabat, Morocco.

During filming, Matt Damon stayed at La Manga Club and was spotted having dinner at the La Tana restaurant on the seafront at Cabo de Palos.

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