Filming of Juan Apostól concludes today in Velez-Blanco, before moving on to the Roman theatre of Merida. The movie, starring Mane de la Parre, tells the story of the Apostle John.
Directed by Conrado Martinez, Juan Apostól, was produced by José Manuel Brandariz and shot in the castle at the top of the stunning town of Velez-Blanco in northern Almeria… as well as in the Alcazaba in Almeria city, Sierra Alhamilla and San Jose.
Filming began in Velez-Blanco two days ago and concluded today. Many of the town’s residents were engaged as extras wearing costumes designed by Alba Fernandez.
José Manuel Brandariz spoke yesterday of his pleasure to be filming in the town. He explained, “This is a location that I liked the first time we visited. The scenes we shot are fabulous and you will like it a lot when the movie is released.”
Mane de la Parra, who plays the title role, has participated in some spectacular scenes in the film, under the guidance of Cuban filmmaker Conrado Martinez.
The film begins with the journey to the corss, and subsequent crucifixion, of Jesus. A young Apostle John is in attendance and the movie tells of his subsequent journey to Ephesus where he penned his gospel and the Book of Revelations, the final passge in the New Testament.
Brandariz made several trips to Almeria province before deciding on his final filming locations.
Also starring in the film is a former Miss Universe, Venezuela born Alicia Machado.
Almeria is used frequently by filmmakers from all over the world. The stark landscape has made it a perfect backdrop for Westerns, biblical epics and the occasional visit from Doctor Who.