Leonardo DiCaprio’s new film on climate change shines a light on Patagonia

A new film produced by Oscar winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio “Before The Flood” examines how climate change is affecting the planet and what we can do to prevent it. DiCaprio is a committed environmental activist and was appointed UN Messenger of Peace with  focus on climate change in 2014. The film was made over the course of two years and during the filming ofThe Revenant, an Oscar winning film by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Revenant is more than just a good film: It is an extravagant visual spectacle. It is a tale of man vs nature, and this was just as true in real life as it was on film. Iñárritu wanted the film to be shot on location using natural light, so the shooting conditions were limited as it was to be winter in many of the scenes. Most of the film was shot in Alberta, Canada, but when the snow began to melt, thwarting their filming schedule, quick decisions had to be made. It was decided to move the whole shoot to Ushuaia, Argentina, also known as The End of the World. The epic landscapes, from imposing mountain ranges to crystalline lakes and dense forests, were similar to those in Canada and, due to the reversal of seasons in the opposite hemisphere, the much needed snow was still thick on the ground in Tierra del Fuego. And so Hollywood came to Argentina.

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Ushuaia is the setting for the final scene of the movie, a fight between DiCaprio’s character, fur trapper Hugh Glass, and his nemesis in the film, Tom Hardy’s character John Fitzgerald. The two protagonists battle it out alongside a freezing river against a mountainous backdrop, going head to head in a fight to the death. The scenery adds to the dramatic climax of the film, which is a culmination of human triumph and survival against nature’s extreme odds. In the film, Patagonia, with its epic wilderness and frontier quality, becomes a mirror for the characters themselves, wild and primal.

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The film’s shooting has generated more tourism in remoter parts of the region where the movie was filmed, and this isn’t the first time that the big (or small) screen has catapulted a previously unknown area to international stardom. The north of Ireland, for example, has never been particularly known as a tourist destination, but since Game of Thrones started using it as a permanent filming location six years ago, tourism in Northern Ireland has been bolstered by the success of the series, and now special Game Of Thrones tours bring fans to the exact locations where the series is filmed! If you feel like exploring your inner wildness in Patagonia, contact us for more information about how to visit the locations of The Revenant in Ushuaia. 

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