Captain Corelli's Mandolin in Kefalonia (Cephalonia)
Due to the huge success of the best seller 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin', it had been decided to film this book
at its original location, Kefalonia (Cephalonia). The film is about Captain Corelli, (played by Nicholas Cage), who falls in love
with the local Greek girl Pelagia (played by Penelope Cruz), during World War II. The doctor is played by the actor John Hurt. The
film has been directed by the oscar-winning director John Madden. One of the main reasons to film this in Kefalonia (Cephalonia)
and not at cheaper locations or in studios, was simply that it was very difficult to find or create a place so beautiful and natural
and at the same time still quiet enough throughout summer in order to be able to shoot the movie.
Kefalonia's beautiful bays & beaches
Most of the filming took place in Sami, a village 9 km south of Agia Efimia, where a huge and beautiful set was built.
The campsite of the Italians was built on the beach of Antisamos bay (see left). North of Agia Efimia village you will
find the bay shown above (where part of the filming took place), and it can be reached in ten minutes by boat. Myrtos beach,
which is shown to the left and on top of this page was used in the film as well and is situated approximately 5 minutes by car
west of Agia Efimia. Myrtos Bay (left) is where the bomb explosion on the beach took place in the film.
Accommodating the Executive Film crew
Click through our following pages and view beside our accommodation and facilities also pictures of and
information on the island, things to do and see, Kefalonia's rich and long history and useful assistance on
how to get here. We had the honor at Kefalonia Travel to accommodate most of the directors, some of the actors,
the executive film crew and the special effects team. The preparation of the film and actual filming of the movie took
around seven months, during which we took care of all our guests in the way which was expected from us. Our luxurious
& relaxing suites and rooms where the perfect answer to the hard working film crew throughout the whole summer. Our
suites and rooms have all the facilities to unwind from an energetic and busy day. Once again, we feel honored to have
been chosen to accommodate the stars and we certainly strive in the future to maintain and improve our dedicated services
towards our valued guests.
The set built in Sami and towards Antisamos Beach:
"Argostoli Town and Pelagia's Village"
Kefalonia...The Magical Greek Island