Madrid Gets Ready For Its Close-Up

Madrid Gets Ready For Its Close-Up


The silver screen has taken a liking to Spain.  From decades-old films such as the The Good, The Bad and the Ugly or The Three Musketeers to modern-day dramas like The Others or The Bourne Ultimatum  – not to mention the television phenomenon that is Game of Thrones,  Spain has been cast perfectly to either play itself or to wear the guise of a faraway land.   

When it comes to a picturesque urban backdrop for a period piece or modern European drama, our capital Madrid has just what it takes.  Although we all feel we know our hometowns inside out, it’s always interesting to see them through the eyes of others, especially through those of Hollywood industry professionals.

With film location scouts from the USA, Germany, and Chile descending on the city, Corazón Travel’s sister company, Insider’s Madrid, was chosen to act as their guide.  We wanted to not only share with them the great variety of locations Madrid has, but also to connect them with the soul of the city, its rhythm and its personality.



Along the way, in a private dining room over Spanish food and wine, we learned about each of them and their insider industry stories – an experience for the books!



A talented lot, these professionals have worked on films and television series such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Sense 8, Hunger Games, X-Men and Star Trek.  They knew what they were looking for and Madrid did not disappoint.


Our cast included:

  • Anna Coats – USA

Fast and Furious 8,  Hunger Games: Parts 1 and 2, Insidious: Chapter 4, and television series such as The Office.

  • Klaus Darrelmann – GERMANY

Bridge of Spies, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Atomic Blonde and Ghost in the Shell. He has also worked on television shows such as Sense8.

  • Brian O’Neill – USA

The Revenant or Dunkirk, and in television series such as C.S.I. Miami and Snowfall.

  • Horacio Donoso – CHILE

El Brindis, The Black Pimpernel, an international co-production between Sweden, Denmark and Mexico, and most recently Neruda, among others.

  • Peter Gluck – USA

X-Men: First Class, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Star Trek: Beyond and more recently  Black Panther, among others.