Camera? Lights! Action…we are delighted! In the past weeks, two international shoots have taken place in Engel & Völkers shops: In Switzerland, the motion picture “Interference” was filmed and in South Africa, the movie “Mooi rivier” was filmed in the style of “Love Actually” and “Valentine’s Day”.
Not since Harrison Ford played a cop in “Hollywood Homicide” moonlighting as real estate broker, has the international film industry made us of real estate themes. Will Hollywood ever come across the Engel & Völkers brand? After all, the international presence and professional brand image is convincing film makers: “After a very thorough search through all the estate agencies in Potchefstroom, we came to the conclusion that the Engel & Völkers brand was the best suited look that we were aiming for in the film. Although we could re-create our own agency for the purposes of the movie, using the Engel & Völkers shop was our first choice” says Cobus van den Berg, one of the directors of Mooi rivier.
And in Switzerland? The actress, known all over Germany, Sabina Schneebeli plays an Engel & Völkers real estate agent. She became known for her leading role in the TV series, “Die Direktorin” (The Directress), and can often be seen at the cinema and on the television since then. Among other things, she was in multiple “Tatort” (German police drama) episodes and acted alongside the German actress Franka Potente in the film “Baba’s Song”.
Our partners will, of course, take pleasure in the filming. “We accompanied the filming all day long. Our boardroom was repurposed as a cloakroom and as a room for the make-up artists and we filled in repeatedly as doubles for lighting or acoustic rehearsals. It really was a lot of fun”, says Nicole Flammer, a license partner of Engel & Völkers Frauenfeld. Moreover, Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers South Africa, is obviously proud: “We at Engel & Völkers are very privileged that Kaapland Films chose an Engel & Völkers shop in which to film certain scenes. Being a real estate agent could be quite challenging at times, and we believe that the film actually gives the public a “behind the scenes” look at the life of an agent”.