Big blue skies, historic sites and gorgeous panoramas feature in stylish thriller The Two Faces of January released on DVD this month. Starring Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen it's entirely set on location in Crete, Athens and Istanbul.
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, the movie follows a man and his wife (played by Mortensen and Dunst) in the ‘60s, on a trip to Europe, they meet a stranger (Oscar Isaac), get caught up in a murder, and have to find a way out of the country without getting caught.
The movie’s crew was given unprecedented access to historic sites in the region. “If you find the right locations all you have to do is point the camera,” explains movie producer Tim Bevan. This technique created “oodles of production value”, he says.
“You couldn’t have done it anywhere else and had it look as good,” says Viggo Mortensen, who plays husband Chester MacFarland in the movie. Kirsten Dunst, wife Collete MacFarland in the movie, agrees. “It was incredible to be able to shoot in the places that we did.”
See below to for the real life locations to visit from scenes in Two Faces of January...
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
“It was so exciting and such a neat thing to be able to film inside the Parthenon,” says Oscar Isaac, who was impressed that Two Faces of January got to film in this sacred site. This was the first time in more than 20 years that a movie was allowed access to shoot here. “It was incredible to shoot in the Acropolis,” says Dunst. Approximately three million visitors a year come to take in the sights like the characters in the movie, who wander around the magnificent structures dating back to the Athenian Empire in 447 BC.