September 26, 2020 – The new BMW M3 leaves the old Metropolis warehouses in Rijeka Port, which shows that the old abandoned factory buildings and halls in Croatia are an increasingly popular location for shooting promo films from international companies, reports Jutarnji.hr.
The island of Pag, with its unique landscapes through which the state road D106 passes, has, in the last ten years, turned into an unavoidable location and a perfect backdrop for shooting countless new car models. Manufacturers such as Mercedes, Porsche, Bentley, BMW, Honda, or Lexus shot many new models on the longest Croatian island, but not only Pag is all that Croatia has to offer.
The Adriatic Highway and, for example, the Road Majstorska on Velebit are increasingly popular places for recording promotional material not only for cars but also for motorcycles, such as the new Ducati Multistrada. We should not forget the inevitable Dubrovnik and its surroundings, Zadar or Rijeka, which was already a frequent choice of filmmakers: a redesigned version of the previous generation Skoda Octavia and Honda NSX were shot at locations in the Croatian port city.
However, the trends are obviously changing, so the old abandoned factory buildings and halls in Croatia are becoming increasingly popular as locations for shooting promotional films of premium international manufacturers.
As a reminder, photos and video for the new BMW X2 three years ago toured the world from the old Croatian aluminum factory in Lozovac and the surrounding roads of the Sibenik hinterland. Now a similar location has been chosen by BMW’s M department to shoot a promo film for the new M3: the Port of Rijeka, and the rush between warehouses was filmed at the Metropolis complex, specifically at Orlando Pier and Budapest Pier.
The “Metropolis” complex is a protected cultural asset within the port area from the beginning of the 20th century, a unique historical complex of five port warehouses that line two rows along the seashore. It was built in the historicist style with decorations of the Hungarian Art Nouveau, which makes them unique globally, and this location should be converted into a Science and Technology Park in the future. Interestingly, Mercedes chose the same location last year to shoot a promo film for the electric model EQC. We can freely conclude that now even the most controversial BMW M3 ever leaves the world from the old port warehouses of Rijeka.