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Portugal Breaks Out in Latest “Fast & Furious”

Updated: May 23, 2023


Velocidade Furiosa 10 opened on May 18 in Portugal. (Video by MEDIA)

 

While looking for locations of the action film, Fast X: Fast & Furious 10, the scouts “fell in love” with Monsanto, popularly known as “the most Portuguese village of Portugal”. So, besides Italy and the United Kingdom, there are many scenes shot in Portugal in Lisbon, Vila Real and Viseu districts.


“They had already filmed in Spain. They were curious about Portugal, to make a technical visit, to explore places, and they found several. But the one that really stayed, why they fell in love, was Monsanto (in Castelo Branco District),” the Portuguese producer associated with the project, Sofia Noronha, of Sagesse Productions told Stand Virtual.


Velocidade Furiosa 10 opened on May 18 in Portugal. It stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, the two actors who remain in the cast since the media franchise began in 2001.


The cast also includes Jason Momoa, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Rita Moreno, Helen Mirren and the Portuguese Joaquim de Almeida, of Sao Sebastiao de Pedreria, Lisbon, and Daniela Melchior, of Almada, Setubal. Joaquim de Almeida, had appeared in the fifth film of the saga, in 2011. Luis Da Silva Jr., of Elizabeth, New Jersey, who also appears, is of Portuguese descent.


Due to filming, the A24, which connects Viseu to Vila Real, was scheduled to be closed to traffic in the region of Lamego and Armamar on June 28, 2022 and in Castro Daire the following day, reported The Portugal News (June 26).


Producer Sofia Noronha praised the entry of international productions like this one in the country, for involving several municipalities, companies and professionals in the sector, reported SIC Noticias (February 10).


"Portugal has all the conditions to be a great filming location, not only because of the time, affordable prices and the people, but we are all very flexible. The Portuguese learn very quickly. But we didn’t have this market open yet.”


The filming lasted several weeks with a team of about 700 Portuguese and foreign professionals. It represented added value for the country’s economy because it included several sectors such as construction, machinery, wardrobe, carpentry and other businesses. The production in Portugal was largely due to the creation of tax incentives by the government in 2018, Sofia Noronha told Stand Virtual.


“The film industry is used to these benefits, and all our competitors and neighbors have tax breaks. The investment made in the country is almost double this incentive. The country always ends up benefiting.”


According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film's budget already had exceeded 300 million dollars (about 284 million euros), reported SIC Noticias (February 10).


The previous franchise film of 2019 had almost 377,000 spectators and around 2.1 million euros in box office revenue in Portugal, according to data from the Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual.


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