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The series entitled "A Look Inside," was recorded in five tourist destinations and is the first series in IMAX format produced in Costa Rica.
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Government sponsors movie series to boost tourism

Published Tuesday, April 27, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Government, through its Tourism Institute, sponsored the Costa Rican travel agency Wonder More to produce a series of videos that will be presented in theaters in March.

According to the institute, the series entitled "A Look Inside," was recorded in five tourist destinations and is the first series in IMAX format produced in Costa Rica.

The five episodes represent five human needs in five different tourist destinations, such as Monteverde countryside, South Caribbean Coast, Chirripó Mountain, Dulce Gulf and Nosara Beach.

"Each episode is 10-15 minutes long and explores a human emotion, an ecosystem and a community," the institute added in its statement.

"We want all those who'll enjoy this film to identify themselves with a different perspective of tourism, from a more human perspective, to finally motivate Costa Ricans to do tourism and take control of their country, helping with gradual tourism reactivation, but without forgetting strict compliance with sanitary guidelines, " said Carolina Trejos, Marketing Director of the Institute.

The film series was produced by and starred married couple Sebastián Castro Sasso and Christine Raine.

"The recording would not have been possible without the generosity of the tourism entrepreneurs who opened the doors for us throughout the country," they said.

The series will be released in the first week of May in Costa Rican IMAX theaters.

In addition, the series will be presented at international festivals such as the London Mountain Film Festival 2021 and the Toronto International Women's Film Festival 2021 in Canada.

In addition to the Institute, the film was sponsored by Pozuelo and BAC Credomatic private companies.

It is expected that in the next few days, the institute will reveal the cost of the project.

A segment from chapter 5, filmed in Nosara Beach, can be viewed on the travel agency's Facebook page.

This month, the institute announced the sponsoring of a series of short videos to be displayed on the Planeta Calleja television program to attract Spanish tourists.

The show, focused on tourism, is hosted and produced by Jesús Calleja who travels around the world, reporting to a large audience in Spain and other countries, according to the institute.
This is Calleja's second trip to the country. Two years ago, he visited Costa Rica with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, a Spanish fashion designer.

The coordination of Calleja's visit to the country to film the video was done by the press and PR staff in Europe, said Ireth Rodríguez, of the Advertising Department of the Institute.

The advertising campaign is focused on promoting Costa Rica as a natural sanctuary, biosecure, with a tourism sector that applies sanitary guidelines, to allow travelers to reconnect with the essentials and enjoy unique experiences, Rodríguez added.
Calleja visited the country to record the video from April 5 - 12. Spanish actor Antonio Resines explored Costa Rica alongside Calleja.
Together, they visited several tourist destinations such as Tortuguero, Pacuare River, a coffee plantation in Turrialba, Irazú Volcano, among other places. Throughout the tour, they experienced Costa Rican gastronomy and culture, the institute said in its statement.
“Costa Rica is so interesting, so beautiful and with so many things to do that we will certainly return, it is a country that has everything we are looking for: nature, a great message of sustainability, biodiversity, the way to manage the country according to its resources and is a clear example of how the rest of the world should do it, " Calleja said at the end of his trip. "People who are thinking about where to go on vacation, without a doubt should have Costa Rica in the list."
However, the expected video has not been released yet, even though Callejas's show's new season was already announced on channel 4 in Spain. The date of the broadcast has not yet been set.
A portion of the video of Calleja's visit was published on his Instagram account.


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