You could think that finally after years of wait that the destroyed hotel complex of Kupari, just south of Dubrovnik, is on the long road to redevelopment. Fences have been erected, areas cleared and building materials have arrived, all the signs lead to reconstruction. However, these signs are a little misleading, as in fact it isn’t being rebuilt for tourists but rather dressed up for a film set.
Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood are just a few of the international blockbusters that have been filmed in the south of Croatia, and now the former Grand Hotel in Kupari will be the backdrop for another international series.
The head of the parish of Župa Dubrovačka, Silvio Nardelli, pointed out that this is not the beginning of the renovation of the Grand, although he would be happier if that was the case, but he hopes that the renovation will follow soon. “It is about cleaning the Grand for the needs of shooting a film of one production,” stated Nardelli to Dubrovački Vjesnik.
And we have learned from a source that the Grand Hotel in Kupari will be the backdrop for a “second World War series and filming will start in the middle of September.” This is rather ironic as the Grand Hotel, and indeed the whole of the Kupari resort, was actually destroyed in a war, the Homeland War.
And the filming of this “television drama” will take place at various locations around Dubrovnik in September.