The British-American mega-productionThe Lost City of Z has completed filming in Colombia. Directed by James Gray and starring Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, and Robert Pattinson, the movie was shot in Colombia and Northern Ireland.
Based on true events, The Lost City of Z recounts the story of British Colonel Percy Fawcett, who was commissioned by his government to map the unexplored border between Bolivia and Brazil in the Amazon jungle. While on his expedition, he hears his indigenous guide, Tadjui, mention the existence of an unknown culture with gold monuments and buildings that are far more imposing than their European counterparts. Fawcett is inspired to undertake two new expeditions to discover and explore the Lost City of Z. He never returns.
The Lost City of Z was shot in the Magdalena and Guajira provinces near Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The film was made with production services from Cinempresa and was directed by prominent Colombian filmmaker Felipe Aljure.
The main location was the Don Diego River, in the Sierra Nevada national park, where the film The Mission was shot. The Sierra Nevada park is part of the world’s highest coastal mountain range, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1979 and one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The mountains were the cradle of the highly advanced Tairona civilization, and are now inhabited by some 70,000 indigenous people from the Kogi, Arhuaco, Kankuamo, and Wiwa ethnic groups. The park is home to the legendary Lost City (Ciudad Perdida), an ancient indigenous city and archeological site that was built between the seventh and eighth centuries AD.
For the film, several indigenous villages were built, including two at the eco-hotels Rio Piedras and Taironaka, where the Lost City of Z was recreated. Other locations were Palomino, Quebrada Valencia, and Casa Loma, where a rubber plantation was created.
The cinematography on The Lost City of Z marks the film as a world-class production. The film’s Director of Photography was Darius Khondji, who also helped create Seven, Midnight in Paris, and Alien: Resurrection. Jean-Vincent Puzos, well-known for his work on Amour, was production designer.