Lithuania, located in the heart of the Baltic region, boasts not only dazzling landscapes and rich cultural heritage but also a flourishing film industry that has captured the attention of filmmakers worldwide. In this article we are going to review some of the most popular movies and TV series filmed in Lithuania in recent years.

Vilnius city panorama

Photo by Deimantas Viburys

From medieval castles to picturesque countryside, Lithuania’s diverse scenery has provided the perfect backdrop for numerous iconic film productions. In this exploration, we delve into the allure of Lithuania as a cinematic canvas, uncovering some of the most famous film productions shot within its borders.

 

Stranger Things – Season 4 (2022)

Stranger Things

In an unprecedented move, the production of Stranger Things Season 4, one of Netflix’s most anticipated series, expanded its horizons beyond its familiar filming locations to Lukiškes Prison in Vilnius, Lithuania. Its eerie ambiance and rich history, serves as the perfect backdrop for the dark and enigmatic world of Stranger Things. Built in the late 19th century, the prison has witnessed decades of tumultuous events, including political upheavals and the struggles for independence. Transforming Lukiškes Prison into a canvas for the Duffer Brothers’ vision posed numerous challenges for the production team. From navigating the labyrinthine corridors to capturing the essence of the upside down, every detail required meticulous planning and execution, bringing it to a new dimension.

Collaborating with local film production facility companies, filmmakers, artisans, and talent, the Stranger Things production team endeavours to create an authentic cinematic experience that resonates with audiences worldwide.

 

The Invisible Man (2020)

The Invisible Man

A modern twist on the classic tale of science fiction horror, The Invisible Man showcased Lithuania’s versatility as a filming destination for contemporary thrillers. While the story is set in present-day California, Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, offered a compelling alternative with its blend of historic architecture and modern infrastructure. The city’s labyrinthine streets and imposing landmarks lent themselves perfectly to the film’s atmosphere of suspense and paranoia. Furthermore, Lithuania’s burgeoning film industry provided essential support and infrastructure for the production, further solidifying its reputation as a hub for international filmmakers seeking quality locations and resources, such as film production vehicles, film equipment rentals and location scouting.

 

Chernobyl (2019)

Chernobyl

Undoubtedly one of the most gripping and critically acclaimed television dramas of recent years, HBO’s Chernobyl stands as a testament to Lithuania’s capacity to recreate historical settings with remarkable authenticity. While the catastrophic events of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster unfolded in Ukraine, Lithuania’s Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant played a pivotal role in the series’ recreation of the disaster site. The plant’s decommissioned nuclear reactors provided an eerily accurate backdrop, while Vilnius and its environs doubled as various locations in the Soviet Union. The meticulous attention to detail and the haunting atmosphere captured on screen underscore Lithuania’s ability to transport viewers back in time to one of the most harrowing episodes of the 20th century.

 

The Last Czars (2019)

The Last Czars

Netflix’s docudrama series, The Last Czars, delves into the tumultuous final years of the Romanov dynasty, combining historical reenactments with expert analysis to unravel the mysteries surrounding Russia’s last imperial family. Once again, Lithuania’s rich heritage and architectural splendor served as the ideal backdrop for this riveting tale of power and intrigue. Vilnius, with its well-preserved old town and grandiose palaces, provided a wealth of settings reminiscent of Imperial Russia. One of the filming locations was the Verkiai Palace, which was transformed into the Count of Yusupov, originally located in Moscow. Lithuania’s diverse sceneries lent an air of authenticity to the series, transporting viewers back to a bygone era of splendor and upheaval.

 

War and Peace (2016)

War and Peace

Adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel, BBC’s War and Peace is a sprawling period drama that required grandiose settings and intricate detail to bring 19th-century Russia to life. Lithuania, with its architectural treasures and unspoiled landscapes, served as the principal filming location for this ambitious BBC miniseries. The historic streets of Vilnius, with their Baroque and Gothic facades, provided a seamless backdrop for the opulent balls and aristocratic society depicted in the series. Additionally, the Open-Air Museum in Rumšiškės combined with the verdant countryside surrounding Vilnius provided the perfect scenery to recreate the Russian landscape, offering filmmakers a tapestry of rolling hills and lush forests to evoke the grandeur of Tolstoy’s masterpiece.

 

Vilnius Gediminas Castle

Photo by Plastic Lines

Lithuania’s emergence as a sought-after filming destination is a testament to its diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and supportive film industry infrastructure. From historical epics to contemporary thrillers, the country’s picturesque settings have captivated audiences and filmmakers alike, breathing life into stories both old and new. And besides its multifaceted history, the country attracts high-profile productions because of its highly skilled and well developed media production workforce and services such as film and TV equipment rentals and custom built transport solutions for the film industry.

As Lithuania continues to attract international productions seeking unique locations and professional support, it remains poised to make an indelible mark on the global stage of cinema, inviting audiences to discover the magic of its cinematic canvas.