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Amazon Prime Series “Greek Salad” to be Filmed in Athens

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“Greek Salad,” an upcoming series from Amazon Prime France, will be set in Athens and filming will take place in the Greek capital for four months.

The series is a sequel to the beloved French film “L’Auberge Espanole,” or “The Spanish Apartment,” which was released in 2002. The film follows a French Erasmus student in Barcelona living in an apartment with young people from all across Europe.

“Greek Salad” Amazon Prime series set in Athens

Two other films, “Les Poupées Russes,” “Russian Dolls,” and “Casse-tête Chinois,” “The Chinese Puzzle,” were created after the release of “L’Auberge Espanole” and continue the story of the young Europeans.

“Greek Salad” takes place twenty years after the events of “L’Auberge Espanole,” and follows Tom and Mia, the children of the film’s protagonists Xavier and Wendy, as they spend time in Athens.

According to Cédric Klapisch, writer and director of both the original film and the sequel series, “Greek Salad” will examine issues felt by young people in Europe today, such as sexual identity, as well as issues more specific to Greece, like the migrant and financial crises.

The series will feature shots from all over Athens, and filming is set to begin in December of 2022. The estimated cost of the entire production is around 8 million Euros ($8.9 million). “Greek Salad” will be available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime.

Greece becomes film and television destination

Greece has become a major destination for international film and television productions in recent years.

Hollywood film “The Expendables 4” was filmed in Thessaloniki in November. A set has been constructed on the east side of the city where the cast and crew filmed their scenes over the course of the two weeks.

The city hosted several of Hollywood’s brightest stars, with Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Megan Fox, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Tony Jaa and Andy Garcia all participating in the Thessaloniki filming. Franchise creator Sylvester Stallone also participated in the shoot, although it was the last time he worked on the series.

A major motion picture featuring Hollywood star Robert De Niro will be shot in the northern Greek region of Drama, cementing the country as an international filming destination for cinema and television.

The action film, which is called “After Exile,” tells the story of a fraught relationship between a father his son, who has just been released from prison, as they try to steer a relative away from a life of crime. De Niro will play the father, while actor Shia LaBeouf will play his son.

It is unclear whether the entire film will be shot in Greece or only a few scenes, but the filming in Greece is set to begin in Spring, likely at the end of March or early April of this year.

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