Another successful filming completion in Croatia.
After a total of 67 days of shooting at about 20 locations, a three-part story “Winnetou”, about the Indian chief from the Apache tribe, created by German writer Karl May, has finished filming in Croatia, reports Novilist on November 24, 2015.
The production in Croatia was serviced by the local production company Aleks Produkcija, with about 220 film professionals working on the set. The distribution is expected to begin around Christmas 2016. Producer Alexander Črček says that the biggest challenges during filming were difficulties with accessing various locations, filming mass scenes with 70 horses and riders and the construction of impressive scenery at several locations.
“The biggest benefit of the project is certainly a great experience that we have gained. In addition, we have brought more than 30,000 overnight stays in accommodation facilities at various locations and have provided excellent tourist promotion for Croatia. Additionally, local communities will be given parts of the film scenery to use as a potential tourist attraction”, Črček says. After Croatia, the crew will go to Germany where some of the extras and actors will finish the shooting.
Director of all three parts of Winnetou is Philipp Stölzl, head writer is Jan Berger and producer is Christian Becker. The main cast of the film are Wotan Wilke Möhring as Old Shatterhand, Nik Xhelilaj as Winnetou, Iazua Larios as Nscho Tschi, Milan Peschel as Sam Hawkens, Jürgen Vogel as Joseph Rattler and Serbian actor Gojko Mitić as Magua/Tangua. The films feature some Croatian actors as well: Csilla Barath Bastaić, Katarina Strahinić, Ivan Ožegović, Bojan Navojec and Marko Cindrić.
Among Croatian members of the film crew were set designer Damir Gabelica, costume designer Nevena Čaklović, production manager Dragan Josipović, first assistant director Vid Spindler, coordinator of action scenes Aldo Tončić, scenery designer Igor Stiković, special effects supervisor Branko Repalust and many others.