Women in Film

Powerful, passionate, independent, talented, pioneers… Women with a strong personality transformed into powerful characters in different films and television series filmed in Andalusia. Queens, artists, working women, mothers and wives, and even a Saint. Lives that have filled pages of scripts with their names as titles, as its best identity sign,only needing to be read out loud without requiring an accompanying male name. Carmen, Isabel, María, Teresa, Fortunata and Jacinta are now the protagonists of the most female film route, a route that takes us through four Andalusian provinces (Córdoba, Granada, Jaén and Seville) and to some of the region’s most emblematic locations, such as the Alhambra or Cordoba’s Mosque.

‘Carmen’ (Vicente Aranda, 2003)
‘Callas forever’ (Franco Zefirelli, 2002)
‘Isabel’ (TVE, 2013-2014)
‘Santa Teresa de Jesús’ (TVE, 1984)
‘Fortunata y Jacinta’ (TVE, 1980)

“Both ‘Curro Jiménez’ and ‘Fortunata y Jacinta’ the Galdós-based series were filmed as planned. We were able to conduct our work normally and whenever we asked for help, it was kindly and immediately provided”.

Mario Camus (Director of ‘Fortunata y Jacinta’)

“It’s exciting to be dressed as “Fernando el Católico”, knowing that he was here, in the Alhambra, 500 years ago. We are reproducing exactly what happened, it’s wonderful”

Rodolfo Sancho (Actor in ‘Isabel’)

“I remember that filming in Úbeda, Baeza and Beas de Segura, in the summer of 1983, was pleasant and very gratifying, after a hard winter travelling all over Spain. I remember that coming to Andalusia felt as if I was coming home”.

Josefina Molina (Director of ‘Teresa de Jesús’)

“We filmed in Úbeda, Baeza, Beas de Segura and the vicinity for a week. And there, in a splendid landscape, we improvised the scene I like most in the series, where Teresa, now 60 and tired, smells a bunch of herbs and seems to have arrived in paradise, which she never wishes to leave”.

Josefina Molina (Director of ‘Teresa de Jesús’)

Movie Locations
Plaza de la Colegiata, Osuna, Sevilla

The Nuestra Señora de la Asunción collegiate is a Catholic temple in the town of Osuna (province of Seville), Spain. Construction began around 1531 and it is an outstanding...

Capuchinos Square: Christ of the Lanterns, Córdoba

It was made by the sculptor Juan Navarro León in 1794. It is located in the Capuchinos Square, one of the most beautiful places in Córdoba, which connects two of the most...

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Córdoba

This Arabic palace and fortress is a clear example of the cultures that have left their mark on Cordoba, with its Roman, Visigoth and Muslim architecture. Recovered by Fernando...

Mosque, Córdoba

Declared a World Heritage Site by the Unesco, it is the most emblematic and symbolic building in Cordoba and one of the most outstanding in Andalusia. Construction began in the...

San Pedro Street, Osuna, Sevilla

The beauty of San Pedro Street, the street with the most palaces per square meter worldwide and one of the most beautiful streets in Europe according to UNESCO, was one of the...

Roman Bridge, Córdoba

The popularly known ‘Puente viejo’ (Old bridge) was built in the 1st century AD, is 331 metres high and has 16 arches which connect both shores of the Guadalquivir river....

Baeza, Jaén

This city, of an old and illustrious origin, is situated in the geographical centre of the province of Jaén, near the Guadalquivir, in a landscape of fertile soils replete with...

Úbeda, Jaén

The city of Úbeda, a World Heritage Site, contains so many monuments, churches, palaces and noble houses that the best you can do is stroll around and visit it: the Capilla del...

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The train travel sequence in episode 2 of ‘Fortunata y Jacinta’, with Maribel Martín and François-Eric Gendron, was filmed from Baeza to Linares; it was filmed from a car, although spectators see it from the window of the train in which the protagonists are travelling.
When ‘Carmen’ was filmed, the lampposts on the Roman Bridge in Cordoba were replaced by others made out of a different material.
The ‘Callas forever’ team spent a total of six months in Andalusia, from scouting locations to shooting. The team comprised 100 people and 500 local extras were also hired for three days of filming. The economic impact on Andalusia totalled more than 300,000 euros, including hotels, restaurants, catering, film set construction, equipment rental as well as cleaning and security personnel.
The gypsy camp scene in ‘Callas forever’ was going to be filmed in Guadix (Granada), but the director, Franco Zefirelli, apparently decided to continue filming in Osuna (Seville) and finally decided to film the scene by a group of prickly pears that, according to the locals, are as old as the Collegiate itself.
The director of ‘Callas forever’, Franco Zefirelli, stayed at Hotel Palacio Marqués de la Gomera, located in Calle San Pedro, where some scenes were filmed. He only had to look out from the large Baroque balcony of his room to check that the team was working on the set and preparing the next sequence to be filmed.
The scene of Carmen's death in 'Callas Forever' was filmed in Córdoba, specifically in the 'Christ of the Lanterns'. Two of the members of the choir pretended in their workplace a stomach upset to participate in the shooting. The next day, they were in a front-page photograph under the title of "Actresses from Cordoba for a universal film."