Wednesday, 18 April 2012 15:03
Jeremy Irons, the star of the now-fliming motion pitcure "Night Train to Lisbon," yesterday called Portugal as "a great place to shoot," praising its "high potential" for international film productions. “You have here an extraordinary country with wonderful people and fantastic architecture," said the British actor in a news conference, referring to the culture, cuisine and architecture. Irons added that he hopes "that 20 years won’t go by, before returning to Portugal again.” After the news conference, the entire cast attended a dinner at Eleven in Lisbon, part of the "Taste Portugal” campaign of Turismo de Portugal and the Portuguese Cullinary Academy to promote the country’s national cullinary offerings. The day before, Jeremy Irons had requested to attend a concert by Fado artist, Mariza. Jeremy Irons said that Lisbon is “a jewel that must be preserved.” The title of the film highlights the city and has generating international media coverage. In addition to the cast, the new conference was hosted by Secretary of State for Tourism, Cecilia Meireles, the Secretary of State for Culture, Francisco José Viegas and Lisbon Mayor, Antonio Costa. Pascal Mercier's novel "Night Train to Lisbon" sets the tone for the Danish director Bille August, with filming take place in Lisbon until May 15. The filming has the support of Turismo de Portugal.