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Lights, Camera, Souvlaki! Hollywood Sets Up in Greece

  • Athens is luring studios with cash rebates of as much as 40%
  • Thessaloniki to be home to Greece’s first Hollywood studio
Antonio Banderas , left, filming the action thriller “The Enforcer” in Thessaloniki, Greece in July.
Antonio Banderas , left, filming the action thriller “The Enforcer” in Thessaloniki, Greece in July.Photographer: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images
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Hollywood is coming to Greece, as major studios are increasingly setting films amid its famous natural scenery while pocketing cash rebates for bringing projects like “GO,” the sequel to Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out,” to the country.

Greece has green-lighted a total of 140 planned films from across the world since 2018, an investment worth some 170 million euros ($200 million), according to EKOME, the National Center of Audiovisual Media and Communication.